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Aug. 29, 1997

Pitt, Notre Dame Season Opener Ends in a Tie

PITTSBURG - The Notre Dame's soccer team, defending BIG EAST tournament champions, opened up the 1997 season with a 0-0 overtime decision at league foe Pittsburg.

Defense dominated the game in the season opener for both teams. The Irish and the Panthers had a few scoring opportunities particularly in the second half of the contest. Pittsburg outshot the Irish 8-7. In the second half of the game Notre Dame was the only team to produce a shot on goal.

Notre Dame junior goalkeeper Greg Velho, named Most Outstanding Player of the 1996 BIG EAST tournament and one of the top goalkeepers nationally this season, finished the game with four saves. He came up for the Irish two minutes into overtime when he prevented the Panthers from scoring. Velho made two saves on three consecutive Panther shots, two of which were directly in front the goal.

Pittsburg goalkeeper Chris Hanlon also made four saves in the game and came up with a big saves for the Panthers late in the second overtime session when senior Scott Wells drilled a shot from inside the penalty box and in front of the goal following a pass from freshman Reggie McKnight.

Notre Dame played without two of its top players, Ryan Turner and Bill Savarino, who had to sit out the contest for a team violation.

The Irish, who advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament a year ago, was picked third in the BIG EAST Preseason Poll. Notre Dame was 14-7-2 in 1996 and ended the regular season third in league standings with a 6-3-2 mark.

The Irish return to action on Tuesday, September 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the home opener at Alumni Field when they host second-ranked Indiana. Notre Dame will look to end an eight-game losing streak to their interstate rivals.

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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