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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Friar Briefs

Half-full finish for soccer, field hockey to seek vengeance on UConn

Utterly compressed by a buckled-down West Virginia squad, PC men’s soccer mustered but four shot attempts, two on net, and relinquished a decisive 3-0 decision to curtain the regular season. After franchise mug Ryan Maduro perked up overwhelming Mountaineer goalkeeper Zach Johnson with the game’s first stab at 6:32, the Friars ordinarily buzzing offense went numb, not getting to Johnson again for 67 minutes of play, when rookie sensation Alex Redding tried his luck.

In the meantime, PC workhorse Timothy Murray snared three cannons from WVU before succumbing to the host team’s front-running striker Andy Wright at 38:08.

Wright, along with fellow Englishman Dan Stratford collaborated yet again in the 61st minute towards setting up John Bristol, who despite having the burden of a yellow card hanging over him inserted an insurance tally before Paul Paradise solidified the 3-0 count.

That aside, the Friars can accept a favor from Southern New England rival Connecticut, who warded off Georgetown in their season finale to give PC fourth place in the Blue Division and home field for the Big East preliminary round. Based on the freshly posted standings, the Friars will face either Villanova or Cincinnati, both of whom stand at 5-5-1, depending on tie-breaking procedures. Kick-off time for the Wednesday fixture at Glay Field is yet to be declared.

In field hockey, the Friars abolished Louisville 2-0 Saturday, on the strength of senior Abbey MacGuire’s two tallies, thereby setting a championship rematch date with UConn. Face-off in Syracuse for the Big East crown and NCAA tournament bid is slated for noon Sunday.

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