Aug. 29, 2017
by Tony Jones
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Two opening weekend wins for the University of Notre Dame men's soccer team yielded the program its eighth all-time championship victory at the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament. The Irish defeated San Diego 2-0 on Aug. 25 before finding a late game-winner in the 101st minute to down Cal Poly 2-1 in double overtime on Aug. 27. Notre Dame extended its tournament hardware haul two clear of regional foe Indiana (six all-time tournament championships) since the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament was first held in 2002.
Senior forward Jeff Farina closed the opening weekend as Notre Dame's leading goal scorer, finding the back of the net three times in two games to claim College Soccer News National Player of the Week honors.
Farina Named College Soccer News National Player of the Week
Farina was named the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament Most Outstanding Offensive Player for the first time in his career after leading all players with three goals during the four-game tournament at Notre Dame's Alumni Stadium. Farina deposited an insurance header in the 84th minute on Friday to open his season goal account in a 2-0 win over San Diego. Farina followed up the performance with his first career multi-goal game on Sunday against Cal Poly. Farina headed home a cross in the eighth minute for the 1-0 Irish lead, then finished a pass for the game-winning goal in the 101st minute of a 2-1 victory in double overtime later in the afternoon.
Other Irish Players On The Bert All-Tourney TeamJoining Farina as Notre Dame representatives on the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament All-Tournament Team was junior defender Felicien Dumas, senior midfielder Blake Townes and senior forward/tri-captain Jon Gallagher.
Dumas found his second primary assist in as many games to open the scoring for the Irish in the eighth minute against Cal Poly, putting the Irish on the board first in what was ultimately a 2-1 Notre Dame win in the 101st minute.
Irish Up To #9 In United Soccer Coaches PollThe 2-0-0 start to 2017 moved Notre Dame up one spot to ninth in the weekly top 25 rankings released by United Soccer Coaches on Tuesday. Elsewhere around the country's four major men's soccer polls, the Irish are ranked ninth by Soccer America, 10th by TopDrawerSoccer and 12th by College Soccer News entering week two of the regular season.
Notre Dame Hits The Road To Meet An Old FoeLooking ahead to its next start, this Saturday's upcoming game at Connecticut marks the first time that Notre Dame has ventured to the UConn campus since the 2012 season. Saturday's contest will be only the second time the active Notre Dame roster has faced former BIG EAST Conference rival UConn, with the Irish emerging with a 1-0 decision in double overtime on Sept. 13, 2016 at Alumni Stadium.
Tony Jones, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2012 and coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame softball and men's soccer programs. A native of Jamestown, New York, Jones is a 2011 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and prior to arriving at Notre Dame held positions at the University of Louisiana Monroe and with the National Football League's Buffalo Bills.