PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence College scored a goal in each half as it recorded a 2-0 victory over over the NJIT men in the first round of the NCAA Division I men’s tournament at Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium Thursday night.
The Friars (15-6) advanced to the second round at No. 15 Penn State University Sunday.
“I’d like to thank Providence for hosting us,” NJIT head coach Fernando Barboto said. “I thought they did a great job and treated us with professionalism. Even though we’re away from home they made us feel at home.”
The Highlanders (10-5-4) were led by junior Thomas Radon, who paced the Highlanders with five shots followed by two from Joao Costa.
Costa recorded NJIT’s best opportunity in the 82nd minute, which hit off the outside of the left post.
The Friars went up 1-0 in the 10th minute on a goal by Trevor Dovak on a side volley blast that was chipped inside the box from Christopher Roman.
Providence added to its lead in the 65th minute as Esben Wolfe scored off the inside of the post off a Danny Griffin assist for a two-goal margin.
NJIT freshman goalkeeper Samuel Reisgys registered seven saves, which tied his personal-best.
The Highlanders reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in 43 years.
“I think we had a great season,” Barboto said. “We walk away with a regular season championship trophy and an ASUN playoff championship trophy. I think football is about winning trophies and we won two. We’re very happy [about that]. There’s only one team that ends the season without losing and that’s the [champion] of the NCAA Tournament. Everyone else goes home with a loss and we did today. I’m so happy and proud of our seniors, who were fantastic. They were our heroes, they were our leaders, and we will miss them dearly.”