Men's Soccer Welcomes Longtime Rival Providence to Kingston Monday

Photo Credit: Stew Milne
Photo Credit: Stew Milne

Monday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.
URI Soccer Complex - Kingston, R.I.
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The Basics

  • Rhode Island (0-2-1) returns home in looking for its first win of the 2019 season.
  • The Rams opened the year with a 1-1 draw against Fairfield before falling to 23rd-ranked UConn (3-1) and Boston College (2-1).
  • Friday's game against BC was Rhody's first away contest of the season. The Rams and Eagles played knotted at 1-1 throughout the majority of the game, until Boston College netted an 87th-minute game-winner.
  • Senior Simon Trcka leads the Rams with four points on a pair of goals.
  • Senior Stavros Zarokostas is just behind Trcka with three points on one goal and one assist.
  • Senior Ludvik Benco, junior Filippo Tamburini and redshirt sophomore Edvin Akselsen each have an assist to their credit.
  • Redshirt junior goalkeeper Stefan Schmidt has played all 290:00 so far for Rhode Island, making 16 saves and allowing six goals.

The Rhody/Providence Series

  • Rhode Island leads: 30-12-4
  • First Meeting: 1968; Rhode Island won 4-1.
  • Last Meeting: Sept. 19, 2018; URI defeated PC, 3-0 in Providence, R.I.
  • Current Streak: Rhode Island, one win.
  • Providence's last win: Sept. 2, 2017 (2-1, OT) in Kingston, R.I.
  • Of Note: The road team has been the victor in each of the last four games between the Rams and the Friars.

Scouting the Friars

  • Providence enters the game with a 2-1 record.
  • The Friars have defeated UMass Lowell (4-0) and Albany (1-0). Their lone loss was to New Hampshire (2-1).
  • Trevor Davock leads the team with six points on two goals and two assists.
  • UMass transfer Davis Smith enters the game with two assists and one goal scored. Smith was a Third-Team All-American as well as the 2017 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year as a freshman for the Minutemen.
  • Joao Serrano, Paulo Lima and Andualem Chisholm each have scored a goal this season.
  • Austin Aviza has played all but 11:17 in goal for Providence thus far, allowing just two goals for a 0.70 goals against average.
  • The Friars' back line has allowed opponents just 19 shots through three games, only eight of which have been on goal.