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.