Bryant new rival on the block
Everyone else is a familiar face to Friars
The official PC men's soccer website unleashed the team's 2008 season schedule Tuesday and the Friars have left their layout of adversaries virtually untweaked from 2007.
The lone newbie to the interleague hunk, rather expectably, will be Bryant University, slated to
come by Glay Field October 15 in the penultimate outing of its inaugural Division I season. (The Bulldogs, incidentally, will also kick off their regular season with a venture to Marquette University September 1).
Apart from that, the Friars will again fill their nonconference slate with the likes of Boston College, Harvard, Holy Cross, Northeastern, URI, and Sacred Heart, simply alternating sites from last season with all but one.
For the third consecutive season, the Friars will break in their regulation game attire with a visit from Sacred Heart, from whom they have snatched three Ws in as many years, kicking things off at 3 p.m. August 29. PC will follow that up with a Labor Day clash against Boston College, picking up off a 1-0 PC triumph at The Heights last autumn. It will be the Eagles first visit to Providence since they drew a 1-1 knot in 2003.
The Friars will sprinkle three return visits to the aforementioned Massachusetts insititutions, traveling to Holy Cross September 6, Northeastern September 15, and Harvard October 28.
The Big East to-face-or-not-to-face turnstile will again bar PC from any encounters with Villanova or Rutgers for the second straight year, minus the unpredictable eventuality of a post-season fixture.
Speaking of which, when the Cincinatti Bearcats drop in on Glay Field on the afternoon of September 19, it ought to percolate bitter memories of the Friars' post-season defeat on the same pasture last November, not to mention the two playoff bouts between these teams in 2005 and 2006, both PC triumphs. Yet it will be the first Providence-Cincinatti regular season tussle since a 1-1 tie in Ohio on September 18, 2005, a game that preceded the trinity of tourney clashes.
PC's other renewed conference acquaintance, Louisville, will stop by that same weekend on September 21. The Friars and Cardinals similarly have hooked up in playoff action in a three-year interim of deliberate encounter, PC having won a Big East first-round game, 2-0, at home in 2006 right before they abolished the Bearcats in Cincinnati.
Both of the Friars desginated rivalries will take their turn on the Divine Campus this year with URI visiting on September 9 and the defending Big East champion UConn coming here October 8.
A November 1 hosting to Pittsburgh will round out a 10-game home slate and the 11-game conference (6 home, 5 road) schedule, the road to the Big East Championships in Tampa beginning November 5.