Men's Soccer Falls To Connecticut
Storrs, Conn.-The 24th-ranked Notre Dame men's soccer team dropped its fourth straight one-goal decision as the Irish lost 2-1 in overtime at Connecticut in Storrs.
Roberto Vargas' 20-yard blast 6:24 into sudden death overtime lifted the Huskies in the come-from-behind the win. Alex Cortes tied the game for Connecticut at the 72:12 mark on a flying header off assist from Gerneil Lorne and Brent Ranim.
Notre Dame jumped out to a 1-0 lead 33:31 into the contest when freshman Reggie McKnight tallied his fourth goal of the season on a 20-yard shot that hit off the right post and into the net. The score was assisted by another first-year player, Connor LaRose, who was making his first career start in an Irish uniform.
The game was the sixth overtime contest in '97 for Notre Dame. The Irish are 1-3-2 in overtime games this season and have gone to overtime twice in their last four outings. This was the second straight year the game between the two teams during the regular season was decided in overtime. In '96, the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie at Notre Dame, but the Irish came back to beat the Huskies 2-1 in the semifinals of the BIG EAST tournament.
The loss was the fifth consecutive for the Notre Dame in the BIG EAST as Notre Dame fell to 8-8-2 overall and 4-5-1 in the league. The Irish have dropped six of its last eight games. After posting a 4-0-1 record in its first five league games, Notre Dame has not beaten a BIG EAST team since a 1-0 win over Rutgers on September 28. All five league losses have been by one goal and two have been decided in overtime.
Connecticut won its fourth straight conference game with the win as the Huskies, who lost its first six BIG EAST contests, are now 9-6-2 overall and 4-6 in the league.
Connecticut outshot Notre Dame 13-7 in the game and owned a 11-3 advantage in corner kicks. Irish goalkeeper Greg Velho finished with six saves in the game.
Notre Dame plays its final regular season contest next Sunday, November 2 when the Irish host BIG EAST foe Boston College at 1:00 p.m. on Alumni Field.