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Entry 3: August 4

Victorious!!!

The Irish got off to a good start by opening our tour with a 6-1 thrashing of the semiprofessional Formartine United. It was a beautiful day, 70 degrees and sunny! The Scots said it was their first real day of summer - we told them that we were happy to have brought the good weather with us.

The game was played at Formartine's "place" - a field tucked away within a border of trees separating it from the miles of rolling hills that surrounded it. The atmosphere was great for a game. There was a small clubhouse with lockerrooms and a walkway that led to the nice, but mushy field. The only struggle we had was giving up an early goal to tie the game, and then fighting through stiff legs and backs, still a bit achy from the seven-hour plane ride. Other than that, no injuries were sustained, and every Irish player got into the game - except, of course, Al and Luke, who have assumed roles of part-time managers for the trip after their placement on the "injured reserve list."

The first 25 minutes of the game was scoreless, although most of the play was held by the Irish offense. It didn't take long, though, before captain Erich Braun, 10 pounds slimmer than a year ago, notched the Irish's first and second tally to give us a 2-1 lead that only got larger from there. Four other Notre Dame players got on the scorecard, all with exciting goals. "Pablo" Rodriguez, who spent the past spring semester in Mexico, quickly got comfortable with the team and scored the third goal in great Mexican fashion by banging one past the 'keeper from right around the 18-yard mark. That goal took the Irish into halftime with a 3-1 lead.

Two changes were made at the half; Filippo Chillemi came on for Pablo and Devon (Devo) Prescod for Braun. It took Devo no more than a minute to score, probably closer to 30 seconds! He beat a man down the right flank and then went uncontested into the box, beating the 'keeper and making the score 4-1. Rafael Garcia, known to the team as "Rafa," added his one-time finish of a Riley/Richards combination to make it 5-1. Captain Justin Ratcliffe got the sixth goal off of a corner kick that got knocked down at the edge of the box. His, too, was a one-touch finish.

Finishing was certainly the word of the day as several of the goals were really nothing more than half-chances that we found a way to put in. To me, this showed great discipline and focus when scoring opportunities presented themselves - a mark of good players and a good team.

We concluded the game by getting a quick shower and then loading up on the bus, where we sang our traditional fight song (a celebration afforded us only after a victory) followed by our famous ND soccer chant that goes something like this…

"Can you hear the Scotsman sing, Nooo Nooo
Can you hear the Scotsman sing, Nooo Nooo
Can you hear the Scotsman sing,
I can't hear a 'bloody' thing! Nooo Nooo Nooo!"

The master of ceremonies that leads the song and chant is typically he who we deem to be the man of the match. It could have been any of the Irish players today, but the man who stood raised above us all, leading the celebration, clapping and singing, was Christopher "Toph" High. Congrats Toph, on your first Notre Dame start and a match very well played!

It was a sleepy busride home after mingling for a while and hearing stories about the Boss's good ole days in the Formartine Pub - the place where their team and the locals mix after every game. This was an insight into the Scottish culture. On all accounts, Day 2 was a success and a very good time! And most importantly…

May the luck of the Irish be with us all.

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Delta

August 9
4:00 PM
Purdue
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 13
8:00 PM
Omaha
Omaha, Neb. (Caniglia Field)
August 13
1:00 PM
Northwestern
Evanston, Ill. (Lanny and Sharon Martin Stadium)
August 16
8:00 PM
Drake
Des Moines, Iowa (Cownie Soccer Complex)
August 18
7:00 PM
Butler
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 20
1:30 PM
Ball State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 21
5:00 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 25
7:30 PM
San Diego
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 25
5:00 PM
Minnesota
Iowa City, Iowa (UI Soccer Complex)
August 25
7:00 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
August 26
12:30 PM
Rhode Island
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
August 26
7:00 PM
New Mexico State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
August 27
2:00 PM
Cal Poly
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 27
2:00 PM
Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa (UI Soccer Complex)
September 1
7:00 PM
South Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 1
11:00 AM
VCU
Bowling Green, Ohio (Stroh Center)
September 1
7:00 PM
Bowling Green
Bowling Green, Ohio (Stroh Center)
September 2
3:30 PM
Temple
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
September 2
7:00 PM
Connecticut
Storrs, Conn. (Morrone Stadium)
September 2
7:00 PM
Toledo
Toledo, Ohio (Savage Arena)
September 3
12:00 PM
Santa Clara
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 8
5:00 PM
Boston College
Newton, Mass. (Newton Soccer Field)
September 8
7:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio (Jesse Owens Stadium)
September 8
7:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
Conway, S.C. (HTC Center)
September 9
7:30 PM
Georgia
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
September 9
12:00 PM
Ohio State
Conway, S.C. (HTC Center)
September 9
5:00 PM
Florida International
Conway, S.C. (HTC Center)
September 10
1:00 PM
Toledo
Toledo, Ohio (Scott Park)
September 15
7:30 PM
NC State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 15
7:00 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 16
12:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass.

ESPN
September 16
7:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Riggs Field)
September 16
12:30 PM
Southern Illinois
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 16
7:00 PM
Central Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 19
7:00 PM
Bowling Green
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 21
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 22
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Thompson Field)
September 22
7:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (KFC Yum! Center)
September 23
8:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich.

FOX
September 24
1:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 24
1:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (Reynolds Coliseum)
September 26
7:00 PM
Indiana
Bloomington, Ind. (Armstrong Stadium)
September 29
7:30 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 29
5:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 29
7:00 PM
Miami
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 30
5:00 PM
Miami Ohio
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBCSN
October 1
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 1
5:05 PM
USNTDP
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 3
7:00 PM
Northwestern
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 5
7:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (Klockner Stadium)
October 6
7:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Historic Riggs Field)
October 6
7:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (Memorial Gymnasium)
October 6
7:35 PM
Alabama-Huntsville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 7
TBA
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C.

TBA
October 7
7:05 PM
Alabama-Huntsville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 8
1:00 PM
Syracuse
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 8
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)
October 10
7:00 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 13
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 13
7:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 13
7:35 PM
Denver
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 14
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 14
7:05 PM
Denver
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 15
1:00 PM
Clemson
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 17
7:00 PM
Akron
Akron, Ohio (FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field)
October 19
7:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Seminole Soccer Complex)
October 19
7:35 PM
Sacred Heart
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 20
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 20
7:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Tully Gym)
October 20
7:35 PM
Sacred Heart
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 21
7:30 PM
USC
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
October 22
12:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (Cobb Stadium)
October 22
2:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (James L. Knight Complex)

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