October 30, 1998
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Notre Dame men's soccer team concluded regular season play with a 2-0 blanking of West Virginia. It was the second straight shutout for the Irish who last week beat Boston College 3-0 on the road.
With the win, Coach Mike Berticelli's squad improves its record to 9-5-3 on the season and finish with a 5-4-2 mark in BIG EAST play. The victory secures the Irish a seventh-place finish in the final league regular season standings.
The loss drops West Virginia to 11-6-1 overall and 4-6-1 in the BIG EAST as the Mountaineers are guaranteed of an eighth-place finish. The shutout was the fifth of the season for the Irish and the third straight time the Irish have held the Mountaineers scoreless.
Notre Dame beat West Virginia 3-0 in Morgantown in 1997 and 1-0 at Alumni Field in 1996.
After a scoreless first half in which West Virginia owned a 7-6 shot advantage, Notre Dame got on the scoreboard at the 53:36 mark when sophomore Dustin Pridmore (Dallas, Tex.) blasted a 15-yard shot from the right corner of the box off an assist from senior captain Matt Johnson (Livermore, Calif.). For Pridmore, who was been in the starting lineup the last 10 games of the season, it was his first career goal. Notre Dame's second goal came less than 16 minutes when Ryan Cox (Broadview Hts., Ohio) took a pass from Shane Walton (San Diego, Calif.) and connected from just inside the penalty box at 69:15. Walton took the ball from 20 yards out off a pass from junior Andrew Aris (Auckland, New Zealand) and dribbled through two Mountaineer defenders.
It marked the 10th time this season that Cox and Walton had combined for a goal. Senior goalkeeper Greg Velho (Longwood, Fla.) had five stops in recording his 26th career shutout. Velho came up big on a couple of saves in the second half. Notre Dame outshot the Mountaineers 19-11 in the game and limited West Virginia to just four shots in the second half.