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    Nov. 2, 1997

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    Matt Johnson put the Irish on the board with a goal against BC. (file photo)

    Men's Soccer Snaps Losing Streak with 3-1 Victory Over Boston College

    Notre Dame, Ind. --- The Notre Dame men's soccer team snapped its four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over Boston College in the regular-season finale at Alumni Field. Three second half goals by Matt Johnson, Ben Bocklage and Joe Gallo powered the Irish to the win.

    With the victory, Notre Dame improves to 9-8-2 overall and 5-5-1 in the BIG EAST as the Irish finish in a tie for fifth with Villanova in the final regular season standings. Notre Dame, however, earns the fifth-seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Championship by virtue of a 1-0 victory over the Wildcats earlier in the season. The Irish will play at Seton Hall in quarterfinal action next weekend. Eight of the 12 BIG EAST playing soccer teams comprise the tournament field. The top four finishers will host quarterfinal games on either Saturday, November 8 or Sunday, November 9 with the winners advancing to the semifinals and finals at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, November 14 & 16.

    After a scoreless first half, junior midfielder Matt Johnson put the Irish on the scoreboard at the 65:20 mark with his first career goal off assists from Ryan Turner and Andrew Aris. Six minutes later, junior Ben Bocklage gave the Irish a 2-0 advantage at the 71:37 mark with a 25-yard blast off a Connor LaRose feed. Joe Gallo finished off the scoring for the Irish less than five minutes later when he tallied his first goal of the season off an assist from David Cutler at 77:28.

    Boston College, which fell to 5-8-2 and 4-6-1 in the league, got at the score at the 79:42 mark when Keith McDonald scored from the 27 yards out on the right side of the field off an assist from Asgeir Asgeirsson.

    Greg Velho finished with two saves in goal for Notre Dame as the Irish outshot the Eagles 11-7. Eagle goalkeeper Chris Hamblin made three stops in goal.

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