Men's Soccer

Irish Earn Seventh Seed in Big East Men's Soccer Championship

November 1, 1998

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame men's soccer team has earned the seventh seed in the 1998 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship. The Irish, who have an overall record of 9-5-3 and finished league play with a 5-4-2 mark, will face second-seeded St. John's (10-4-3, 8-2-1) in Jamaica, N.Y. on Saturday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. The Red Storm are ranked ninth nationally.

This is the third consecutive year that the Irish have qualified for the BIG EAST Championship since joining the league in 1995. Notre Dame did not qualify in its first season, but in 1996, the Irish claimed their first-ever title. Last year, Coach Mike Berticelli's squad advanced to the semifinals after defeating Seton Hall 2-0 in the quarterfinals. The Irish were eliminated from the tournament by St. John's after dropping a 4-1 decision to the Red Storm.

St. John's leads the all-time series between the two teams 3-0-2. During the '98 regular season, the two teams played to a 1-1 draw at Notre Dame. The Irish have played twice in Jamaica, losing 6-0 in '95 and 1-0 in '96.

Eight of the 12 league teams which play men's soccer qualify for the tournament. Quarterfinal matchups are played at the campus sites of the four highest seeds. The two semifinal games and championship contest will be played November 13 and 15 at Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J.

1998 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship Schedule

Quarterfinals - at campus sites of higher seeded team
Saturday, November 7
No. 8 West Virginia at No. 1 Connecticut, Noon
No. 6 Seton Hall at No. 3 Rutgers, 7:00 p.m.
No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 2 St. John's, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 8
No. 5 Providence at No. 4 Georgetown, 1:00 p.m.

Semifinals & Final -- at Rutgers University, Piscataway, N.J.
Friday, November 13 - semifinal doubleheader*
No. 2/No. 7 winner vs. No. 3/No. 6 winner
No. 1/No. 8 winner vs. No. 4/No. 5 winner
* Semifinal doubleheader begins at 6:00 p.m. with the second game to begin no earlier than 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 15 -- Championship Final
Semifinal winners, Noon



Event Calendar


October 14
L, 1-0
Charlottesville, Va. (Klockner Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
ACC Network Extra
October 18
L, 2-1 (OT)
Bridgeview, Ill. (Toyota Park)

WNUR Radio
Live Stats
October 21
L, 2-1 (2OT)
Durham, N.C. (Koskinen Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
October 25
7:00 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
October 28
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
November 2
ACC First Round
Campus Sites
November 6
ACC Quarterfinals
Campus Sites
November 9
ACC Semifinals
Campus Sites
November 13
ACC Final
Charleston, S.C. (MUSC Health Stadium)
November 17
NCAA Championship First Round
Campus Sites
November 20
NCAA Championship Round of 32
Campus Sites
November 27
NCAA Championship Round of 16
Campus Sites
December 3
NCAA Championship Quarterfinals
Campus Sites
December 9
NCAA Championship Semifinals
Houston, Texas (BBVA Compass Stadium)
December 11
NCAA Championship Final
Houston, Texas (BBVA Compass Stadium)

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