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    Oct. 22, 1997

    #24 Notre Dame Looks to Rebound After Back-to-Back One-Goal Big East Losses to Georgetown and St. John's

    Road Trip Continues with Matches at Seton Hall and Connecticut

    Notre Dame, Ind. -- Notre Dame was 1-2 in three games last week. The Irish scored a season-high seven goals in a 7-1 victory over Western Michigan and then suffered consecutive BIG EAST losses to Georgetown (2-1 in overtime) at Alumni Field and to St. John's (1-0) on the road.

    Notre Dame will continue its three-game East coast road swing when the Irish play Seton Hall on Friday, October 24 at 3:00 p.m. in South Orange. N.J. and concluded with a match at Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. when the Irish take on the Huskies on Sunday, October 26 at 1:00 p.m.

    Week in Review: Western Michigan -- Ryan Turner (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Ben Bocklage (St. Louis, Mo.) and Bill Savarino (Orland Park, Ill.) each scored twice as Notre Dame erupted for seven second-half goals as the Irish beat visiting Western Michigan 7-1.

    Joe Gallo (Modesto, Calif.), Scott Wells (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Matt Johnson (Livermore, Calif.) each dished off two assists, while Andrew Aris (Auckland, New Zealand) added the other Notre Dame score.

    The Irish fell behind early as the Broncos scored 2:45 into the contest and the score remained 1-0 through the first half despite the Notre Dame owning a 7-2 shot advantage.

    Notre Dame wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard when Bocklage blasted a Gallo feed into the net 18 seconds into the second half. Savarino gave the Irish the lead for good at the 51:42 mark from 40 yards out that put Notre Dame up 2-1. The Irish did not score again until the 75:32 mark, but then responded by scoring four goals over the the next nine minutes.

    The seven goals were the most scored by the Irish since a 7-0 shutout versus Valparaiso on September 8, 1995. Notre Dame finished the game outshooting the Broncos 24-7.

    Georgetown -- Georgetown's Charles Beyer tallied the game-winning goal with 33 seconds left in overtime to lift the Hoyas to a 2-1 victory. Beyer's goal came at the 104:27 mark of the contest off a Jason Partenza assist.

    The loss to the Hoyas was the second in three home games as Notre Dame dropped its second straight home game to a BIG EAST team. Both teams finished with 13 shots for the game, but the Hoyas held a 10-4 advantage in corner kicks.

    After a scoreless first half, Georgetown's Jeremy McKitrick put the visitors up 1-0 with a goal in the 57th minute of the contest. Just over two minutes later Turner scored from just inside the penalty box off assists from Wells and Johnson.

    Notre Dame had several scoring opportunities following that goal, but could not convert. The best chance for the Irish came at the 83:12 mark when Turner's wide-open five yard header hit the right crossbar and post.

    St. John's -- Notre Dame lost its second straight game and third consecutive BIG EAST outing as the Irish dropped a 1-0 decision on the road to St. John's. Shane Mulholland provided the game-winning goal at the 65:32 mark of the contest.

    The loss was the third in five outings for the Irish who were outshot 15-3 in the contest. All three of Notre Dame BIG EAST losses have been decided by a goal.

    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 an 85-62-13 (.572) mark at Notre Dame and is 272-117-36 (.682) 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: Seton Hall -- Notre Dame leads the series 3-1 and is 2-1 playing in South Orange, N.J. The two teams have split contests since the Irish joined the BIG EAST in. '95. Notre Dame lost 4-1 two years ago at Seton Hall, but beat the Pirates 1-0 last year.

    Connecticut -- Notre Dame leads the series 2-1-1. The two teams met twice during the '96 campaign; the Irish and Huskies tied 1-1 during the regular season and then Notre Dame beat UConn 2-1 in the semifinals of the BIG EAST tournament. This will be the third time Notre Dame has played in Storrs. Two years ago, Connecticut beat the Irish 4-0. The other meeting was during the 1986 campaign as Notre Dame earned a 2-1 victory.

    Irish and Hoyas Have Tough Battles: Notre Dame's 2-1 loss to Georgetown on October 17 was the fourth straight game since the Irish joined the BIG EAST that the outcome was decided by one goal. It also marked the second time in three outings that the game went into overtime.

    Prior to the loss, Notre Dame had never lost to Georgetown. The two teams met twice during the '96 campaign, once during the regular season and in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST tournament. Both of those games were won by the Irish 2-1, with the regular-season matchup being decided in overtime.

    Four Losses Most At Home For Irish: Notre Dame is 5-4 at home this season following the 2-1 overtime loss to Georgetown. The four home losses are the most since 1990 when the Irish began playing at Alumni Field. Two of the four losses this season have been in overtime -- Notre Dame also lost 3-2 to Buffalo in September. Notre Dame was 7-1-2 at home during the '96 campaign. Only one other time (1984 when they finished 2-4-2) has an Irish team lost four games at home.

    Irish Prove Tough on the Road: Notre Dame is 3-2-2 on the road this season in seven road outings. The Irish have played three of their five overtime games on the road and are 1-0-2 in those outings. Berticelli's squad has recorded three shutouts on the road -- Pittsburgh, Valparaiso and West Virginia.

    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.

    Home Sweet Home: Alumni Field has not been a friendly place for Irish opponents the past two-plus seasons. The Irish are 4-3 this season at home which includes four shutouts. 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 two 1-0 wins over Villanova and Rutgers late September marked the 21st and 22nd shutouts for the Irish at Alumni Field in three-plus seasons.

    Turner Leads Irish In Scoring: Ryan Turner accounted for three of the eight goals Notre Dame scored last week. He scored twice in the 7-1 win over Western Michigan and provided the lone tally in the 2-1 overtime loss to Georgetown. Turner leads the team in scoring with 11 goals and four assists (26 points). He has scored two or more goals in three games this season -- Valparaiso, TCU and Western Michigan.

    The Slimmest of Margin: Notre Dame has a 4-5 record in games decided by a goal this year. The outcome in eight of its last nine outings has been decided by a goal. Three of those contest have been decided in overtime and the Irish have lost on two occassions (3-2 to Buffalo and 2-1 to Georgetown,while beating TCU 4-3 on the road).

    Wells Leads Irish in Assists: Senior forward Scott Wells leads the Irish with seven assists on the season. He is third on the team in scoring with two goals and seven assists (11 points).

    Savarino Second in Irish Scoring Column: Senior midfielder Bill Savarino is the team's second leading scorer thus far in 1997 with four goals and five assists (13 points). He is having the best season in his three-plus seasons with the Irish. During his career, he has scored nine goals and dished off 11 assists (29 points).

    Irish Score Early, Then Hang On: In Notre Dame's two 1-0 wins over Villanova and Rutgers, the Irish scored early in the contest and then hung on for the victories. Coach Berticelli's squad scored less than 20 minutes into the game in both contests. Against the Wildcats, Notre Dame scored 12:11 into the contest versus the Scarlet Knights booted in the game's only goal at the 19:07 mark.

    Working Overtime: Notre Dame has played five overtime games this season and is 1-2-2 in those contests. Two of those games (both ties) have been on the road at Pittsburgh and Northwestern. Both of the losses have been at home to Buffalo (3-2) and Georgetown (2-1).

    Tough Schedule: Notre Dame once again is playing 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, SMU and Pittsburgh. Three of the four teams are ranked in the top five (Indiana (#1), #2 SMU and #5 St. John's).

    Velho Tough in Goal: In eight BIG EAST outings and 764:27 minutes of action, junior goalkeeper Greg Velho has given up just four goals. He recorded the 20th shutout of his career in Notre Dame's 1-0 victory over Rutgers. In 16 games overall this season, he has a 1.06 goals against average and .775 save percentage. Velho has played all 1527:33 minutes of the 1997 season.

    Irish on the Internet: The official Notre Dame Athletic Department web site is available at www.und.com. All media guide information, press releases, results and gamenotes are available. Questions concerning the site can be directed to the Notre Dame Sports Information Office by calling (291) 631-7516.

    NSCAA/Umbro
    (Week of October 20)
                                     LW
     1. Indiana (15-0-0)              1
     2. SMU (11-1-0)                  4
     3. Duke (12-2-0)                 5
     4. Stanford (11-0-2)             6
     5. American (8-2-3)              7
        St. John's (10-2-2)           9
     7. Washington (10-2-2)          11
     8. Maryland (10-2-1)             3
     9. North Carolina State (9-3-0) 17
    10. UCLA (12-2-0)                 2
    11. Creighton (10-3-1)           12
    12. Virginia (9-2-3)             10
    13  Dartmouth (6-1-3)            13
    14. South Carolina (8-2-1)       NR
    15. William & Mary (10-2-1)      16
    16. Pittsburgh (7-3-4)           18
    17. Marquette (9-3-3)            14
    18. Portland (9-4-1)             19
    19. James Madison (10-3-1)       24
    20. Saint Louis (8-4-3)          22
    21. Vermont (10-2-2)             21
    22. Cornell (5-2-3)              23
    23  Furman (10-3-0)              NR
    24. Notre Dame (8-5-2)           25
    25. Air Force (10-1-0)           NR
        Temple (9-4-2)               NR
    
    SOCCER AMERICA
    (Week of October 20)
                                     LW
     1. Indiana (15-0-0)              1
     2. SMU (11-1-0)                  2
     3. Duke (12-2-0)                 5
     4. Stanford (11-0-2)             7
     5. UCLA (12-2-0)                 3
     6. Virginia (9-2-3)              6
     7. Washington (10-2-2)          11
     8. North Carolina State (9-3-0)  8
     9. Maryland (10-2-1)             4
    10. South Carolina (8-2-1)       12
    11. American (8-2-3)             10
    12. Creighton (10-3-1)           13
    13. St. John's (10-2-2)          14
    14. Georgia Southern (12-1-2)    18
    15. Dartmouth (6-1-3)            19
    16. Clemson (7-4-3)              20
    17. Air Force (10-1-0)           NR
    18. William & Mary (10-2-1)      NR
    19. Furman (10-3-0)              NR
    20. James Madison (10-3-1)       NR
    
     1997 BIG EAST Standings
    (Through games of Oct. 22)
                       Overall  BIG EAST   
     1. Georgetown     10-4-0   7-1-0 (14)
     2. St. John's     11-2-2   6-1-1 (13)
     3. Seton Hall      7-6-0   5-3-0 (10)
        Rutgers         7-6-2   4-3-2 (10)
     5. NOTRE DAME      8-5-2   4-3-1 (9)
        Pittsburgh      7-3-4   3-3-3 (9)
        Villanova       5-5-4   3-2-3 (9)
     8. Boston College  4-6-2   3-4-1 (7)
        Syracuse        5-8-1   3-5-1 (7)
    10. West Virginia   5-10-0  2-6-0 (4)
        Connecticut     7-6-2   2-6-0 (4)
    12. Providence      3-11-0  1-7-0 (2)
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