Oct. 19, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The second-ranked Notre Dame men's soccer team overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit with second-half goals from Patrick Hodan and Max Lachowecki to claim a 2-1 victory over North Carolina State on Saturday evening at Dail Soccer Stadium. The win keeps the Irish undefeated this season.
Notre Dame (8-0-5, 5-0-3) is tied with Wake Forest for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings. Both squads are 5-0-3 in league play.
The Irish threatened in the 19th minute when forward Leon Brown sent a shot off the post, but it was North Carolina State (4-4-4, 1-4-3) that struck first in the 20th minute on a Danny DiPrima goal, which was assisted by Alex Martinez.
Despite outshooting the Wolfpack 7-4 in the first half the Irish trailed 1-0. It was just the second time this season that Notre Dame was down at the intermission (North Carolina).
"I thought we played very well tonight," Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark said. "We started out a bit slow in the first 20 minutes and I think we were trying to find the game at that point. There was a heavy drizzle at the beginning of the game and the field was wet, which made it fast."
The Irish leveled the match in the 54th minute when Hodan buried a cross from Lachowecki from six yards away for his fourth goal of the season. Hodan, a sophomore midfielder, had missed the last two games due to injury.
Notre Dame grabbed the lead in the 65th minute on Lachowecki's goal from eight yards out that was assisted by Hodan and Harrison Shipp. Lachowecki, a left back, has three goals this season, including two in the last two matches.
"We brought Patrick Hodan on at halftime and he played very well," Clark said. "This was a really important game for us. There are always things to improve on, but it was a good away performance for us. I was quite pleased because North Carolina State is a good team."
The Fighting Irish had a 16-9 shot advantage for the game and earned three corner kicks compared to two for the Wolfpack. Shipp, a senior forward, had a game-high eight shots, including four on frame. Senior goalkeeper Patrick Wall made four saves for the Irish and his counterpart Fabian Otte also had four stops.
The Irish return to the pitch next Saturday when they play host to No. 16 Virginia at Alumni Stadium. The ACC clash is slated for 2 p.m. (ET) and it can be seen live and for free on WatchND.tv.
October 19, 2013
#2 Notre Dame (8-0-5, 5-0-3) 0 2 - 2
Shots: ND 7-9 - 16, NCST 4-5 - 9