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    Sept. 10, 1997

    Notre Dame Records Second Straight Shutout With 5-0 Win Over Valparaiso

    Ryan Turner
    Ryan Turner

    Valparaiso, Ind. ---- Senior forward Ryan Turner scored two goals and dished off an assist to lead the 19th-ranked Notre Dame men's soccer team to its second straight shutout as the Irish defeated Valparaiso on the road 5-0.

    It was the 25th win over the Crusaders in as many meetings for the Irish and the third straight year that Notre Dame has earned a shutout. The Irish have outscored Valparaiso 14-0 the last three times the two teams have met.

    Notre Dame improved its record to 2-1-1 on the season, while the Crusaders fell to 0-5. The shutout was the third of the season for Irish goalkeeper Greg Velho who recorded the 16th of his career.

    Notre Dame scored three first-half goal as the Irish outshot Valparaiso 11-4 in the first half and 22-10 for the entire game. Freshman Reggie McKnight tallied Notre Dame's first score and his second in as many games 7:29 into the contest when he headed in an Andrew Aris cross from the right side of the penalty box that came off a pass from Ryan Turner.

    The duo of Turner and Knight connected on Notre Dame's second goal less than four minutes later when Turner maneuvered his way through two Valparaiso defenders following a McKnight pass and nailed a shot from just outside the right corner of the penalty box. For Turner, it was his first goal of the season and the third assist on the year for McKnight.

    Senior Bill Savarino scored his first goal of the season at 26:23 from 25 yards out off a pass from Aris that put Notre Dame up 3-0 in the contest.

    Notre Dame continued to dominate the Crusaders in the second half. Turner scored his second goal of the game at the 68:16 off his own rebound after Valparaiso goalie Aaron Rhame made the save off Turner's first shot in front of the goal. Of the rebound save that came right back to Turner, he drilled it from 17 yards out. Ben Bocklage scored his first goal of the season and Notre Dame's final of the game when he drilled a shot past Rhame from just outside the penalty box.

    Rhame played well in goal for the Crusaders as he made 11 saves. Velho came up with three saves for the Irish.

    Notre Dame returns to action on Saturday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. when the Irish entertain Buffalo at Alumni Field in the first -ever meeting between the two schools.

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