Men's Soccer

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Nov. 14, 1997

Notre Dame Eliminated from BIG EAST Championship

Irish Lose to No. 2 St. John's

R. Turner
Ryan Turner scored Notre Dame's lone goal in the 4-1 defeat. (file photo)

STORRS, Conn. --- Defending BIG EAST tournament champion Notre Dame was eliminated from the 1997 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship following a 4-1 semifinal loss to defending national champion and second-ranked St. John's at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium in Storrs, Conn.

Stefani Miglioranzi had a big day for the top-seeded Red Storm as he finished with a goal and two assists. St. John's dominated the contest outshooting the fifth-seeded Irish 21-7 and owning a 10-0 advantage in corner kicks.

The game was played under less than ideal conditions as players from both teams were slowed by 30-degree temperatures and snow and sleet throughout the contest.

St. John's had a 2-0 lead at halftime with goals from Miglioranzi and Robert Wile. Miglioranzi put the Red Storm up 1-0 just 4:33 into the contest when he took a Shane Mulholland pass and shot it past Irish goalkeeper Greg Velho. At the 19-minute mark Wile took a cross from Mulholland and booted it over the head of Velho.

Jesse Van Saun scored from 15 yards out to put St. John's up 3-0 on a breakaway after he took a pass from Miglioranzi who had stolen the ball.

Notre Dame finally got on the scoreboard at the 71:35 mark when Ryan Turner scored from 12 yards out following a diagonal cross from Bill Savarino. Jimmy Buscemi tallied the game's final score from just a yard out after Muglioranzi crossed it to him in the goal mouth.

Velho was on the defensive all afternoon and came up with nine saves in goal.

Notre Dame ends it season with a 10-9-2 record.

St. John's will play Rutgers in the championship game at noon on Sunday, November 16. The third-seeded Scarlet Knights beat second-seeded Georgetown in the other semifinal matchup.

Event Calendar

Delta

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
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 25
7:30 PM
San Diego
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 27
2:00 PM
Cal Poly
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 2
7:00 PM
Connecticut
Storrs, Conn. (Morrone Stadium)
September 8
5:00 PM
Boston College
Newton, Mass. (Newton Soccer Field)
September 15
7:30 PM
NC State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 19
7:00 PM
Bowling Green
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 22
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Thompson Field)
September 26
7:00 PM
Indiana
Bloomington, Ind. (Armstrong Stadium)
September 29
7:30 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 3
7:00 PM
Northwestern
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 6
7:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Historic Riggs Field)
October 10
7:00 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 13
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 17
7:30 PM
Akron
Akron, Ohio (FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field)
October 20
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 24
7:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (DeMartin Soccer Complex)
October 27
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Fetzer Field)
November 1
TBA
ACC Championship First Round
Campus sites
November 5
TBA
ACC Championship Quarterfinal
Campus sites
November 8
TBA
ACC Championship Semifinal
Campus sites
November 12
TBA
ACC Championship Final
Charleston, S.C. (MUSC Health Stadium)
November 16
TBA
NCAA Championship First Round
Campus sites
November 19
TBA
NCAA Championship Round of 32
Campus sites
November 26
TBA
NCAA Championship Round of 16
Campus sites
December 2
TBA
NCAA Championship Quarterfinal
Campus sites
December 8
TBA
NCAA College Cup Semifinal
Philadelphia, Pa. (Talen Energy Stadium)
December 10
TBA
NCAA College Cup Final
Philadelphia, Pa. (Talen Energy Stadium)

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