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    FIGHTING IRISH Erich Braun and the Irish opened their 2002 Scotland tour with a win over Formatine United, 6-1.
    FIGHTING IRISH
    Erich Braun and the Irish opened their 2002 Scotland tour with a win over Formatine United, 6-1.
    FIGHTING IRISH

    Aug. 5, 2002

    The Notre Dame men's soccer team opened its 2002 summer tour of Scotland with a 6-1 victory over Formatine United, in a Sunday afternoon game 20 miles outside of Aberdeen (the team's headquarters from Aug. 2-14).

    Rising senior forward Erich Braun forged a first-half tie before giving the Irish a 2-1 lead, with a goal from rising senior midfielder Paul Rodriguez shortly before halftime yielding a 3-1 edge for the weary Notre Dame squad (which had arrived in Scotland some 24 hours earlier).

    Junior to-be forward Devon Prescod checked into the game early in the second half and scored shortly thereafter for a 4-1 lead, with goals from rising senior forward Rafael Garcia and senior-to-be midfielder Justin Ratcliffe rounding out the scoring.

    Rising sophomore Chris Sawyer played the first half in goal for the Irish, with senior-to-be Greg Tait logging the second half.

    Three rising sophomores - Chris High, Jack Stewart and Kevin Goldthwaite - started in the Irish defense, as did junior-to-be Kevin Richards. Ratcliffe and rising junior Greg Martin started centrally in the midfield, with Rodriguez and junior-to-be Chad Riley playing wide.

    Braun and Garcia were the starting forwards, with Prescod replacing Braun in the second half. Rising junior Justin Detter also checked in for Martin while sophomore-to-be Gianni Mauro replaced Riley on the right flank.

    Here is the rest of Notre Dame's five-game exhibition schedule in Scotland:

    Tues., Aug. 6 vs. Banks of Dee (in Aberdeen; 7:30 p.m./1:30 p.m. in South Bend)
    Thurs., Aug. 8 vs. Ross County under-21s (in Dingwall; 2:00 p.m./8:00 a.m. in South Bend)
    Mon., Aug. 12 vs. Aberdeen FC under-21s (in Aberdeen; 1:00 p.m./7:00 a.m. in South Bend)
    Wed., Aug. 14 vs. Dundee United (in Dundee; 1:00 p.m./7:00 a.m. in South Bend)

     

     

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