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Oct. 11, 1997

Andrew Aris

Notre Dame Men's Soccer Loses First Big East Test to Syracuse

NOTRE DAME, Ind. --- Jeff Knittel's seven yard chip shot over the head of Notre Dame goalkeeper Greg Velho at the 68:42 mark lifted the Syracuse Orangemen to a 1-0 victory over the 18th-ranked Irish. It was the first BIG EAST loss for Notre Dame this season as the Irish fell to 7-4-2 overall and 4-1-1in league.

Knittel's goal came after Matt Torok's 10-yard shot was kicked by defender Alan Woods while heading into the net. Knittel picked up the loose ball and lofted it over the Velho. It was the first goal given up by the Irish this season in a BIG EAST game. Prior to the score, Notre Dame had not allowed a BIG EAST team to score in 548:42 in five-plus league games.

Syracuse, which improves to a 5-6-1 and 3-4-1 in the league, was 0-2-1 in its last three BIG EAST outings. It was the first win for the Orangemen against the Irish in two seasons of league play. In 1995, Notre Dame earned a 3-0 win at home and then last year defeated Syracuse 1-0 on the road.

Notre Dame outshot the Orangemen 18-8 and had an 11-0 advantage in corner kicks. Syracuse's Dan Hobson came up with six saves in goal, including three in the final 10 minutes of the contest when the Irish put considerable pressure on the Orangemen with a barrage of shots. In the final seven minutes of the contest, the Irish had four scoring opportunities, including two shots by Andrew Aris and Ryan Turner which hit the post.

The Irish return to action on Tuesday, October 14 when they host Western Michigan in a non-league test at 7:30 p.m.


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August 13
8:00 PM
Omaha
Omaha, Neb. (Caniglia Field)
August 16
8:00 PM
Drake
Des Moines, Iowa (Cownie Soccer Complex)
August 21
5:00 PM
Valparaiso
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August 25
7:30 PM
San Diego
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August 27
2:00 PM
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September 2
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September 8
5:00 PM
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September 15
7:30 PM
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September 19
7:00 PM
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September 22
7:00 PM
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September 26
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Bloomington, Ind. (Armstrong Stadium)
September 29
7:30 PM
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October 3
7:00 PM
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October 6
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October 10
7:00 PM
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October 13
7:00 PM
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October 17
7:30 PM
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October 20
7:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 24
7:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (DeMartin Soccer Complex)
October 27
7:00 PM
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Chapel Hill, N.C. (Fetzer Field)
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December 10
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