Two Non-League Contests Await Irish this Week
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The 18th-ranked University of Notre Dame men's soccer team, 1-1-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the BIG EAST, faces two non-league foes this week when the Irish travel to Valparaiso on Wednesday, September 10 for a 4:00 p.m. contest. Notre Dame then returns home to Alumni Field for a 7:30 p.m. contest against Buffalo on Saturday, September 13.
Notre Dame was 1-1 in two home games last week picking up its first victory of the season against Providence, 3-0, and losing to Indiana 4-0.
Week in Review: Indiana -- Indiana continued its dominance over Notre Dame winning its ninth straight as the third-ranked Hoosiers downed the Irish 4-0, scoring three second half goal in an eight-minute span before a crowd of 2,557 spectators.
Four different players tallied goals for the Hoosiers. Yuri Lavinenko dished off two assists for the visitors, while Aleskey Korol had a goal and an assist. The Hoosiers got on the scoreboard early scoring 1:05 into the contest.
Following the opening goal, Notre Dame tightened its defense and played the Hoosiers tough over the next 74 minutes of the contest. Indiana began to wear the young Irish squad down midway through the second half.
The Hoosiers scored their second goal of the game at the 75:50 mark and then connected less than three minutes later for its third goal. Indiana scored its final goal of the game at the 83:40 mark.
The Hoosiers held an 11-8 shot advantage in the contest and limited Notre Dame to just three shots in the second half.
Providence -- Notre Dame picked up its first victory of the season as the Irish rolled to a 3-0 win over Providence. Freshman Reggie McKnight (Greenville, SC) scored a goal and added two assists to lead Notre Dame, while sophomore Alan Woods (Burtonsville, MD) tallied a goal and dished off an assist.
Woods, a sophomore, gave the Irish a 1-0 lead at 20:55 scoring his first collegiate goal off assists from McKnight and Scott Wells (Phoenix, AZ). Woods' goal was the first of the season for the Irish who had been shutout in its first two games.
With less than three minutes to play in the first half, Andrew Aris (Auckland, New Zealand) scored Notre Dame's second goal of the contest taking a pass from 30 yards out off passes from McKnight and Woods.
McKnight scored Notre Dame's final goal of the game at 55:20 from five yards out following assists from Matt McNew (Arlington, Tex.) and Bill Savarino (Orland Park, Ill.).
Notre Dame outshot the Friars 16-7 in the contest and had a 7-1 advantage on corner kicks. Irish goalkeeper Greg Velho (Longwood, Fla.) made five saves in the game. In the three meetings between the two teams, Providence has yet to score a goal against the Irish.
Head Coach Mike Berticelli: Notre Dame head coach Mike Berticelli is in his eighth season along the Irish sidelines and 22nd as a collegiate coach. He has led Notre Dame to three of the school's four NCAA tournament appearances, (1993, 1995 and 1996). A year ago, his Irish squad won the school's first-ever NCAA tournament game when it defeated second-seeded UNC Greensboro in the first round. Berticelli has a 78-57-12 (.571) mark at Notre Dame and is 265-112-35 (.686) overall. In the last four seasons, his Irish teams have won three conference tournament titles. Under Berticelli, the Irish claimed the 1996 BIG EAST tournament crown in just its second year as a member of the league with consecutive wins over ranked opponents Connecticut and Rutgers. During the 1993 and 1994 campaigns, the Irish won back-to-back MCC tournament crowns and earned berths in the NCAA tournament. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, he spent six seasons (1984-89) at Old Dominion where his teams compiled a 76-27-16 record for a .706 winning percentage. Berticelli coached for four years at UNC-Greensboro (1980-83) with his teams compiling a 70-9-5 record (.863) and winning two Division III national crowns in 1982 and 1983. His first head coaching stint was at Thomas College where he coached from (1976-79) with his teams posting a 41-19-2 mark during that four-year span. The Irish have won 10-plus games in five of his seven seasons at the Notre Dame helm. Notre Dame's 14 wins a year ago were the second most during Berticelli's tenure with the Irish. His 1993 squad finished the season with a 15-6 record.
Series Record vs. Upcoming Opponents: Valparaiso -- Notre Dame has won all 24 meetings between the two schools. The Irish have outshot the Crusaders in four of the last five meetings between the two teams. In the last two meetings, the Irish have outscored Valparaiso 9-0. The Crusaders have only scored a goal the last five times the two teams have played. Notre Dame has not played at Valparaiso since the 1991 season when they lost to the Irish 5-1.
Scoring Relief: The Irish went 230:55 into the 1997 campaign before scoring their first goal against Providence on Sunday. Not since the 1991 campaign when they finished with a 13-5-1 mark had Notre Dame been shutout in its first two outings.
Home Sweet Home: Alumni Field has not been a friendly place for Irish opponents the past two seasons. Notre Dame had a 7-1-2 mark at home in '96 after posting an 8-3 record during the 1995 campaign. The Irish were 11-3-1 at Alumni Field in 1994. Berticelli's squad recorded eight shutouts in 1996, six of which were at home. Sunday's 3-0 blanking of Providence marked the 20th shutout at Alumni Field over the past three-plus seasons.
Irish on the Road: Notre Dame was 7-6 in road contests (including one neutral game) in 1996 - a vast improvement for the Irish from the previous two campaigns. Heading into last season, Notre Dame was a combined 2-14-1 on the road during the '94 and '95 campaigns. Notre Dame won back-to-back road games against Western Michigan (3-2) and Syracuse (1-0) at the beginning of October last season which marked the first time since the 1993 campaign that Notre Dame had won consecutive road outings. The Irish victory at Providence on August 31, 1996 marked the first-ever BIG EAST road win.
McKnight Named Co-BIG EAST Rookie of the Week: With the first goal and assists of his collegiate career in Notre Dame's 3-0 victory over Providence, freshman Reggie McKnight shared BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors with Kevin Boyd of Boston College.
McKnight, who earned his first collegiate start agains the Friars and is the only freshman to have played in all three games, had a goal and two assists in the victory.
From the Defensive to the Offensive: Sophomore defender Alan Woods provided some offensive punch for the Irish in their 3-0 win over Providence as he scored a goal and dished off an assist. It marked the first goal and assist of his collegiate career.
Savarino and Turner Returned: Seniors Bill Savarino and Ryan Turner (Scottsdale, AZ) played for the first time in the 1997 campaign against Providence. The two had to sit out the first two games of the season versus Pittsburgh and Indiana after violating team policy. Savarino had an assist against the Friars and Turner started the game.
Tough Schedule: Notre Dame will once again play a formidable schedule. Five opponents on the '97 slate are ranked in either one or both of the polls (Soccer America or NSCAA/Umbro) this week -- defending national champion St. John's, Indiana, Rutgers, SMU and Connecticut.
Velho Tough in Goal: In two BIG EAST outings and 210 minutes of action, junior goalkeeper Greg Velho has yet to give up a goal. He recorded the 15th shutout of his career in Notre Dame's 3-0 victory over Providence. In three games overall this season, he has a 1.20 goals against average and .733 save percentage. Velho has played all 300 minutes of the 1997 season.
Aris Gets First Goal of Season: Sophomore Andrew Aris scored his first goal of the 1997 season against Providence. It was his fourth career goal overall and second ever in a BIG EAST game.
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(Week of September 8)
1. Indiana (3-0-0) 3
2. Florida International (3-0-1) 1
3. Maryland (4-0-0) 2
4. UCLA (3-0-0) 4
5. Creighton (3-0-1) 6
6. St. John's (2-0-1) 5
7. James Madison (4-0-0) 14
8. Boston University (3-0-0) T9
9. Washington (2-0-1) 17
10. Penn State (2-0-1) T11
11. Duke (3-0-1) 21
12. Southern Methodist (1-1-0) NR
13. American (2-1-1) T11
14. Saint Louis (2-1-1) NR
15. Stanford (3-0-0) NR
16. Rutgers (1-2-0) 7
17. UNC Greensboro (2-1-0) RV
18. Virginia (1-1-1) 19
19. NOTRE DAME (1-1-1) 18
20. Bowling Green (3-1-0) NR
21. Cornell (0-0-0) 22
22. Richmond (2-0-1) NR
23 Connecticut (1-1-1) NR
24. San Diego (3-0-0) NR
25. Rhode Island (1-1-0) 15
Tulsa (3-1-0) NR
(Week fo September 8)
1. Indiana (3-0-0) 1
2. Maryland (4-0-0) 2
3. Florida International (3-0-1) 3
4. St. John's (2-0-1) 4
5. UCLA (3-0-0) 5
6. Creighton ((3-0-1) 6
7. Washington (2-0-1) 7
8. Boston University (3-0-0) 13
9. Duke (3-0-0) 14
10. South Carolina (2-0-1) NR
11. Virginia (1-1-1) 15
12. California (2-0-1) 10
13. SMU (1-1-0) 8
14. Saint Louis (2-1-1) NR
15. American (2-1-1) 12
16. Penn State (2-0-1) 17
17. Virginia Tech (3-0-0) NR
18. James Madison (4-0-0) NR
19. Richmond (2-0-1) 19
20. Loyola (1-0-2) NR
(Week of September 8) LW 1. Indiana (3-0-0) 3 2. Florida International (3-0-1) 1 3. Maryland (4-0-0) 2 4. UCLA (3-0-0) 4 5. Creighton (3-0-1) 6 6. St. John's (2-0-1) 5 7. James Madison (4-0-0) 14 8. Boston University (3-0-0) T9 9. Washington (2-0-1) 17 10. Penn State (2-0-1) T11 11. Duke (3-0-1) 21 12. Southern Methodist (1-1-0) NR 13. American (2-1-1) T11 14. Saint Louis (2-1-1) NR 15. Stanford (3-0-0) NR 16. Rutgers (1-2-0) 7 17. UNC Greensboro (2-1-0) RV 18. Virginia (1-1-1) 19 19. NOTRE DAME (1-1-1) 18 20. Bowling Green (3-1-0) NR 21. Cornell (0-0-0) 22 22. Richmond (2-0-1) NR 23 Connecticut (1-1-1) NR 24. San Diego (3-0-0) NR 25. Rhode Island (1-1-0) 15 Tulsa (3-1-0) NR
(Week fo September 8) LW 1. Indiana (3-0-0) 1 2. Maryland (4-0-0) 2 3. Florida International (3-0-1) 3 4. St. John's (2-0-1) 4 5. UCLA (3-0-0) 5 6. Creighton ((3-0-1) 6 7. Washington (2-0-1) 7 8. Boston University (3-0-0) 13 9. Duke (3-0-0) 14 10. South Carolina (2-0-1) NR 11. Virginia (1-1-1) 15 12. California (2-0-1) 10 13. SMU (1-1-0) 8 14. Saint Louis (2-1-1) NR 15. American (2-1-1) 12 16. Penn State (2-0-1) 17 17. Virginia Tech (3-0-0) NR 18. James Madison (4-0-0) NR 19. Richmond (2-0-1) 19 20. Loyola (1-0-2) NR