Men's Soccer

Sept. 13, 1997

Notre Dame Men's Soccer Drops 3-2 OT Decision To Buffalo

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Steve Butcher lofted in a header into the right corner of the goal past Notre Dame goalkeeper Greg Velho 5:47 into sudden death overtime to lift the Buffalo Bulls to a 3-2 sudden death overtime win over 19th-ranked Notre Dame. Butcher finished the game with two goals and an assist to lead the visitors in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

All five of the games goals were scored in the second half. Freshman Reggie McKnight put the Irish on the scoreboard first when he scored off assists from Stephen Maio and Ryan Turner less than five minutes into the second half.

Butcher tied the game for Buffalo at the 56:48 mark as he lofted a shot over the head of Velho who had come out of the goal in an attempt to stop Butcher's shot. With less than eight minutes to play in the contest, Brian Cruickshank gave the Bulls a 2-1 lead when he scored from the left corner of the penalty box off a cross from Butcher. Buffalo was at a man disadvantage at that point after Tristan Burton was red-carded at the 72:27 mark.

Alan Woods goal at the 86:17 mark sent the game into over time when he took a McNew pass off a cross from Savarino and headed into the net amongst several Buffalo defenders.

Notre Dame outshot Buffalo 15-9 in the game. It was the second loss in three games at home for the Irish who also dropped a 4-0 decision to Indiana on September 2.

Notre Dame returns to action on Tuesday, September 16 when the Irish travel to Northwestern for a 4:00 p.m. contest with the Wildcats.

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