Sept. 16, 1997
Notre Dame Looks to Rebound after Overtime Loss to Buffalo
Notre Dame, Ind. -- The Notre Dame men's soccer team, 2-2-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the BIG EAST, plays two road games this week as the Irish travel to Northwestern on Tuesday, September 16 for a 4:00 p.m. match. Coach Mike Berticelli's squad returns to BIG EAST action when they travel to Morgantown, W. Va. to face the Mountaineers on Saturday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Notre Dame was 1-1 in two home non-league contests last week with a 5-0 shutout of Valparaiso on the road and a 3-2 overtime loss at home to Buffalo.
Week in Review:
Senior forward Ryan Turner (Scottsdale, AZ) scored two goals and dished off an assist to lead Notre Dame to its third shutout of the season as the Irish beat Valparaiso 5-0. It was the 25th win over the Crusaders in as many meetings and the third straight year that Notre Dame has earned a shutout. The Irish have outscored Valparaiso 14-0 the last three times the two teams have met.
Junior goalkeeper Greg Velho (Longwood, Fla.) recorded his 16th career shutout as he made three saves. Notre Dame scored three first-half goals as the Irish outshot Valparaiso 11-4 in the first half and 22-10 for the game.
Freshman Reggie McKnight (Greenville, SC) tallied Notre Dame's first score and his second in as many games 7:29 into the contest when he headed in an Andrew Aris (Auckland, New Zealand) cross from the right side of the penalty box that came off a Turner pass.
The duo of Turner and McKnight connected on Notre Dame's second goal less than four minutes later when Turner maneuvered his way through two Valparaiso defenders following a McKnight pass. It was Turner's first goal of the season and McKnight's third assist in 1997.
Senior Bill Savarino (Orland Park, Ill.) gave the Irish a 3-0 lead when he took an Aris pass and booted it from 25 yards out.
Notre Dame continued its domination in the second half over Valparaiso. Turner scored his second goal of the game at the 68:16 mark off his own shot that rebounded off of Crusader goalie Aaron Rhame and back to him which he booted from 17 yards out. Ben Bocklage (St. Louis, Mo.) scored his first goal of the season and Notre Dame's final of the game when he drilled a shot past Rhame from just outside the penalty box.
Notre Dame lost for the second time in three outings at home as the Irish dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Buffalo in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. Steve Butcher scored two goals and dished off an assist to lead the Bulls.
Butcher scored the game-winning goal when he lofted a shot into the right corner of the goal past Velho.
All five goals were scored in the second half after both teams battled to a scoreless tie at intermission.
For the second straight game, McKnight scored the game's first goal when he netted a goal off assists from Stephen Maio (Ontario, Canada) and Turner.
Buffalo scored back-to-back goal on the 56:48 and 83:56 marks that put the Bulls up 2-1 with less than seven minutes to play in the contest. The Bulls' second goal of the game was scored at a man disadvantage when Tristan Burton was red-carded at the 72:27 mark.
Woods' goal at 86:17 off assists from Matt McNew (Arlington, Tex.) and Savarino sent the game into overtime.
Notre Dame outshot Buffalo 15-9 in the game.
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 79-58-12 (.570) mark at Notre Dame and is 266-113-35 (.685) 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:
Northwestern -- Notre Dame leads the series 9-1 and has won five straight over the Wildcats. The Irish are 3-1 playing in Evanston. The lone Northwestern victory in the 10-game series was at home 1-0 during the 1985 campaign. The last time the two teams played in Evanston, Notre Dame earned a 2-1 victory. A year ago, the Irish won a 4-0 victory at Alumni Field.
West Virginia -- The series is tied at 1-1. Both teams have won on their own home fields. Notre Dame played at West Virginia in its first season (1995) as a member of the BIG EAST and dropped a 2-1 decision. Last year, the Irish prevailed with a 1-0 decision at home.
Irish Prove Tough on the Road: In two road outings, the Irish have yet to yield a goal in 210 minutes of action. Notre Dame and Pittsburgh played to a scoreless 0-0 tie on August 29 and the Irish earned a 5-0 shutout at Valparaiso on September 10. All seven goals the Irish have yielded in five games this season have been at Alumni Field.
Home Sweet Home: Alumni Field has not been a friendly place for Irish opponents the past two seasons. This season, however, the Irish have not been as successful as they have the past two campaigns. 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. Notre Dame's 3-0 win over Providence on September 7 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.
Freshman Phenom: Freshman Reggie McKnight, who earned BIG EAST Co-Rookie of the Week honors last week after scoring a goal and dishing off two assists in a 3-0 win over Providence, has continued to be impressive. In Notre Dame's two games last week, he had two goals and an assist. McKnight has scored a goal in each of Notre Dame's last three outings. He leads the team with three goals and three assists (nine points). All of his nine points have been scored in the last three games.
McKnight is the only freshman to have played in all five games and has earned starts in Notre Dame's last three outings. He was the only freshman to play in the season opener at Pittsburgh.
From the Defensive to the Offensive: Sophomore defender Alan Woods has provided some scoring punch for the Irish in the last three games. Woods has started all five games in the backfield and is currently the team's third leading scorer with five points (two goals and one assist). After not recording a goal or an assist in his freshman season, Woods has accounted for all five of his career points in the last three Irish outings. His second career goal at the 86:17 mark against Buffalo sent the contest into overtime.
Turner Turns It Up: After missing the first two games because of disciplinary action, senior Ryan Turner has come back to start the last three outings for the Irish. He has scored six points in the last two games. Turner scored two goals and dished off an assist in the 5-0 win over Valparaiso and then added an assist in the 3-2 overtime loss to Buffalo.
Maio Gets Starting Nod: Freshman Stephen Maio has joined Reggie McKnight as a starter in the Irish lineup. Maio has Notre Dame's last two outing in the midfield against Valparaiso and Buffalo. He collected his first career assist in the team's last contest.
Tough Schedule: Notre Dame will once again play a formidable schedule. Four 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 and SMU.
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 16th shutout of his career in Notre Dame's 5-0 victory over Valparaiso which was his second consecutive after a 3-0 win for the Irish over Providence in their previous outing. In five games overall this season, he has a 1.29 goals against average and .696 save percentage. Velho has played all 489:47 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.
(Week of September 15) LW 1. Indiana (5-0-0) 1 2. Maryland (4-0-1) 3 3. St. John's (4-0-1) 6 4. Washington (3-0-2) 9 5. Duke (4-1-0) 11 6. Southern Methodist 12 7. James Madison (5-0-0) 7 8. UCLA (5-1-0) 4 9. Boston University 8 10. Rutgers (2-2-0) 16 11. Creighton (4-1-1) 5 12. UNC Charlotte (3-1-1) RV 13. Virginia (2-1-2) 18 14. California (4-0-1) RV 15. Florida International (3-2-1) 2 16. Wisconsin (3-2-0) NR 17. William & Mary (4-1-0) NR 18. San Diego (4-0-1) 24 19. Cornell (1-0-0) 21 20. Tulsa (4-1-0) T25 21. Penn (1-0-0) RV 22. New Hampshire (4-2-0) NR 23 Stanford (4-0-0) 15 24. Army (5-0-0) NR 25. Bowling Green (3-2-0) 20 South Carolina (3-1-1) NR