Men's Soccer

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Sept. 28, 1997

Men's Soccer Defeats Rutgers

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Notre Dame men's soccer team completed a weekend-sweep of Big East opponents today as the Irish defeated Rutgers 1-0 at Alumni Field. Sophomore Andrew Aris provided the game's only score as he scored 19:07 into the contest on assists from Bill Savarino and David Cutler.

With the win, coupled with a Seton Hall victory over Georgetown, 1-0, the Irish move atop the BIG EAST regular season standings. Notre Dame is 6-2-2 and 4-0-1 in league play. Heading into today the Irish trailed the Hoyas by a single point.

Notre Dame dominated the contest early on. Aris scored on a chip shot just inside the penalty box. Savarino fed the ball from the left side of the field just outside the box to Cutler who had moved to the right corner of the field. Cutler found Aris in the middle of the box and he lofted a shot past Scarlet Knight goalkeeper Jonathan Conway.

Rutgers controlled the game for the remainder of the first half outshooting Notre Dame 7-2 and 11-7 for the game. Irish goalkeeper Greg Velho, in completing seventh complete-game shutout of the season, had five saves in the first 45 minutes of action. He finished the game with six saves, while Conway had three in goal.

The Irish are currently riding a four-game win streak that includes four straight shutouts. Notre Dame has not allowed a goal in its five BIG EAST games that have spanned 480 minutes. The Irish have seven shutouts on the season and have not allowed a goal since the first half of a 2-2 tie with Northwestern on September 16.

The tempo of the game was slowed down considerably in the final 45 minutes as most of the second half was played in a heavy rainstorm.

With the loss, Rutgers falls to 4-4-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the BIG EAST.

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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