Oct. 14, 1997
Irish Erupt for Seven Second-Half Goals to Top Western Michigan
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Ryan Turner, Ben Bocklage and Bill Savarino each scored twice as the 25th-ranked Notre Dame men's soccer team erupted for seven second-half goals as the Irish beat visiting Western Michigan 7-1. The come-from-behind victory helped the Irish rebound from Saturday night's 1-0 loss at home to Syracuse.
Joe Gallo and Scott Wells each finished with two assists in the contest.
Notre Dame fell behind 1-0 early as the Broncos scored 2:45 in the contest when Phil Rosendall headed in a Danny Moulding cross that came from the center of the field off a Jason Hoffmeyer pass. The score remained 1-0 for the remainder of the first half despite the Irish outshooting Western Michigan 7-2 in the first 45 minutes of the game.
The Irish wasted little time in getting on the score board at the start of the second half. Bocklage blasted a shot off a Gallo feed 18 seconds into the second half. Savarino gave the Irish the lead for good at the 51:42 mark on a 40-yard blast that put the Irish up 2-1. Less than seven minutes later, Andrew Aris tallied Notre Dame's third score off a Matt Johnson feed at 58:10.
Notre Dame did not score again until the 75:32 mark, but had four goals in a nine-minute span. Turner led off the scoring on a header off a Gallo assist. Savarino netted his second goal of the night at the 77:25 mark when he took a Wells feed and put it into the net. Wells was credited with assist on Notre Dame's next goal, Turner's second, five minutes later. Bocklage finished off the scoring with a goal off a Bocklage assist at 84:14.
The seven goals were the most scored by the Irish since a 7-0 shutout versus Valparaiso on September 8, 1995.
Notre Dame dominated the second half outshooting the Broncos 17-5 and finished the game with a 24-7 shot advantage.
Eric Progue came up with 10 saves in goal for Western Michigan, who fell to 4-4-2 with the loss.
This was the final non-conference battle for Notre Dame who now improves to 8-4-2 overall. The Irish, currently second in the BIG EAST regular-season standings, return action on Friday, October 17 in final contest of a three-game homestand as they entertain league-leading Georgetown at 7:30 p.m. on Alumni Field.