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Friars Use Late Goal to Down Creighton

Providence Advances to Elite Eight in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Second Round-Providence vs North Carolina Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The 23rd-ranked Creighton Men’s Soccer team hosted BIG EAST foe Providence College in the Sweet 16 of the 2016 Men’s Soccer tournament. The Friars came into Omaha off an upset over the first seeded Maryland Terrapins, where they were able to score four goals over the course of 12 minutes in the upset in College Park.

The first ten minutes of Saturday’s matchup was all Creighton. The Jays first and only goal came just eight minutes in when Joel Rydstrand put one into the back of the net. Just 13 minutes later, in the 21st minute, Providence midfielder Julian Gressel evened the match up at one. The rest of the first half was pretty evenly matched with possession going back and forth between the teams.

For most of the second half, Creighton controlled the ball. In the 70th minute, however, the Friars must have felt it was a very crucial time because they started to pick up the pace. The 70th minute is also when they scored their first of the comeback against Maryland. The game-winning goal for Providence came in the 83rd minute when Danny Griffin put one past Alex Kapp.

The Friars advanced to their 3rd Elite Eight in the last four years with tonight’s win.