Keasel Broome saves two in penalty kicks to lift Providence past Penn
PHILADELPHIA -- Providence (12-5-4) advanced to the second round of the NCAA championship after defeating Penn in penalty kicks 3-1 on Thursday at Rhodes Field. Red-shirt junior netminder Keasel Broome tallied two big time saves in PKs to propel the Friars to victory.
Providence was first to shoot in PKs. Mac Steeves placed a strike to the lower left corner that was saved by Penn's keeper. Up first for the Quarkers was Duke Lacroix who finished his strike to the right side (0-1). Second for Providence was Julian Gressel, who finished his strike to the lower left side (1-1). Alec Neumann was next to the penalty spot for Penn and he launched his shot over the frame (1-1). Senior Anthony Baumann was third to shoot for the Friars and he drilled his strike to the upper right corner (2-1). Stephen Baker was Penn's fourth shooter. Broome made a diving save to the right side to keep the Friars' 2-1 advantage. Junior Markus Naglestad was fourth up for the Friars. His strike beat Penn's keeper to the left side (3-1). Sam Hayward would serve as Penn's final shooter. He placed his shot to the right side and Broome's diving save secured the Friars the victory (3-1).
In the 10th minute of play Penn took a 1-0 lead. Matt Poplawski sent a through ball to Alec Neumann who finished his strike low to the near post.
Providence evened the game at 1-1 in the 23rd minute when senior Wilder Arboleda buried a feed from Steeves. Steeves dribbled the ball through the box and dished a pass that Arboleda drilled to the back of the net to mark his fourth goal of the season. The remainder of the half was scoreless and the Friars and Quakers were tied 1-1 at the half.
In the first 45 minutes of play, Providence outshot Penn 13-6, and held the advantage in corners 3-0.
The second half of play was scoreless and the tilt was sent into overtime.
With 3:37 left to play in the first overtime period, Gressel took a set piece from about 50 yards out. Steeves settled Gressel's service and placed a strike on frame that was stopped by Penn's keeper. Neither squad was able to find the back of the net and the match continued.
Providence generated several scoring opportunities throughout the game and outshot the Quakers 29-14, and held the advantage in corners 11-3. In overtime the Friars outshot Penn 7-1.
Broome played all 110 minutes in goal for the Friars and tallied five saves headed into the round of PKs.
Providence returns to action at 5 p.m. Sunday when the Friars face Maryland in the second round of the NCAA tournament.