Men's Soccer


Gifted senior has the potential and ability to be one of the top forwards in the country in 2002 and strong candidate for All-America honors this season ? will serve as a tri-captain this season along with teammates Justin Ratcliffe and Greg Martin ? a tremendous athlete and proven goal scorer who has been Notre Dame's leading scorer twice in the last three seasons ? possesses deceptive speed and quickness, but his greatest asset is his finishing ability around the goal area ? has an aggressive goal-scoring mindset ? a strong leader on the field.

AS A JUNIOR: A first team all-BIG EAST selection and first team all-Great Lakes Region honoree ? led team in scoring for the second time in three seasons with a career-high 12 goals and three assists for a personal best 27 points ? netted a goal in all but two contests (Syracuse and Georgetown) in which the Irish scored a goal and tallied a goal in 11 of 19 games ? at one point, during the season, scored a goal in six consecutive games ? provided the lone goal in Notre Dame's 1-0 win over sixth-ranked Indiana when he scored at the 49:05 mark of the contest off assists from Kevin Goldthwaite and Devon Prescod ? registered his first multiple-goal game of the season and fourth of his career in 3-1 win over Georgetown ? scored his first goal of the game with 2:33 left before the intermission off assists from Goldthwaite and Kevin Richards which gave the Irish a 1-0 lead and then tallied the game-winning score at the 68:08 mark off an assist from Chad Riley which broke a 1-1 tie ? had a goal and an assist in 3-0 win at West Virginia ? netted a goal with two seconds remaining in 2-0 victory at Virginia Tech ? netted the second Irish goal in 2-0 win at home against Boston College when he scored at the 53:55 mark off assists from Prescod and Riley ? also provided Notre Dame's second score of the game at the 66:02 mark in 2-0 win at Providence off an assist from Justin Detter ? recorded one of the quickest goals in Notre Dame history when he netted the first Irish score 14 seconds into their 4-0 win over IUPUI ? scored his first goal of the season, and Notre Dame's third of the game, in 5-0 win in the season opener against Villanova off of a penalty kick at the 68:17 mark in the contest ? had a goal and an assist in overtime loss to fifth-ranked Furman ? gave the Irish a 1-0 lead at the 13:41 mark and then assisted on Detter's goal at 70:57 which gave Notre Dame a 2-1 advantage ? had a goal and an assist against Cleveland State ? assisted on what proved to be the game-winning goal on Detter's score at 59:09 which gave the Irish a 2-1 lead and then added the evening's final score at 79:15 on an assist by Detter ? had a goal in 3-2 victory at Bradley ? selected as the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 22 after leading the Irish with two goals in wins against Indiana and Boston College.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Finished the season as Notre Dame's second-leading scorer with four goals and three assists despite being hampered by injuries ? started 12 of the 13 games he played ? had the third multiple-goal game of his career when he scored both of Notre Dame's goals in 2-1 win over Villanova ? netted the first goal 3:55 into the contest off of an assist from Chad Riley and then tallied the second goal at the 62:12 mark ? scored the lone Irish goal in 3-1 loss at Rutgers at the 43:14 mark of the contest ? tallied his first goal of the 2000 campaign in 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh when he knotted the game at 1-1 5:22 into the second half off an assist from Stephen Maio ? sat out the first three game of the season with a hamstring injury before earning his first start of the season against Syracuse ? had an assist against the Orangemen on Dustin Pridmore's goal which put the Irish up 2-0 at the 69:47 mark of the contest in eventual 3-0 victory ? assisted on Justin Detter's game-winning goal at the 47:40 mark in 2-1 victory over Northwestern.

AS A FRESHMAN: Produced one of the finest seasons ever by an Irish rookie that resulted in him being named the 1999 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year as he became the first Notre Dame men's player to garner one of the league's top player-of-the-year awards ? was the first Notre Dame player to lead the Irish in all three offensive categories since Tim Oates in 1994 as he scored nine goals and dished off six assists (24 points) ? a third-team NSCAA/adidas All-Mideast region selection ? third-leading scorer in the BIG EAST tallying the most points by any freshman (17) in the league since the inception of round-robin scheduling in 1990 ? named to the all-BIG EAST rookie team and was a rookie-of-the-week selection once during the campaign (for the week of Oct. 4) ? had at least a goal or an assist in eight of the last 12 games ? netted his first collegiate goal in second contest of the season in Notre Dame's 1-0 win over Boston College ? in 2-1 overtime loss to Connecticut, scored at the 87:17 mark of the contest ? was one of five different goal scorers in 5-2 win over Eastern Michigan ? registered the first multiple-goal game of his career when he had both of Notre Dame's scores in 2-0 win against Syracuse ? provided the game-winning assist on Ryan Cox's goal in 1-0 win over IUPUI ? also tallied two goals in 4-0 win over Providence ? had a goal and an assist against Valparaiso ? dished off two assists on scores by Rafael Garcia and Connor LaRose in 5-0 win over Villanova ? netted the lone goal against St. John's in 4-1 loss to the Red Storm ? assisted on game-tying goal versus Seton Hall in eventual 1-1 tie with Pirates in regular-season finale.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Enjoyed a stint with the Under-16 German National Team (although he did not play at the same time or on the same team as Alex Altmann) ? a graduate of Adolft-Reichwein-Gymnasium, he played the last five years for Eintracht Frankfurt ? led his squad to a fourth-place finish among 14 teams in the Hessen League with a 14-6-8 record ? played five games and scored two goals for the German Youth National Team as a 15- and 16-year-old ? was a member of the Hessen Regional squad for three years and led this team to the national title in 1998 ? as a 17-year-old, he was the goal-scoring champion at the national tournament with seven goals in five games ? two-time member of BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team ? named to the Dean's List in Spring of '02 ? born Sept. 16, 1979 ? majoring in economics and computer applications in the College of Arts and Letters.

Braun's Career Statistics


Erich Braun
Erich  Braun

Frankfurt, Germany

High School:
Adolft-Reichwein-Gymnasium H.S.

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 176



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