Sept. 21, 2013
NEWTON, Mass. – The No. 1 Notre Dame men’s soccer team fell behind Boston College 1-0 in the 17th minute but responded 12 seconds later on a goal from senior forward Harrison Shipp and the match ended as a 1-1 draw on Saturday evening at Newton Campus Field.
The tie keeps Notre Dame unbeaten on the season with a 3-0-3 mark. The Fighting Irish move to 1-0-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
The Irish held a 17-5 overall shot advantage, yet both teams had three shots on goal. Senior goalkeeper Patrick Wall made one save for the Irish, who also had a team save. Keady Segel made two stops for the Eagles. Notre Dame held a 6-4 edge in corner kicks.
“I was very pleased with how we played tonight,” Fighting Irish head coach Bobby Clark said. “We were very good in the first half. It was unfortunate to go down a goal, but we came right back with a very good goal from Harry Shipp. It was a great environment tonight and to play that well in front of an opposing crowd like that is a positive for us.”
Boston College (2-2-2, 1-1-1) went on top with 16:06 elapsed in the match when Isaac Normesinu found the back of the net. The goal snapped Notre Dame’s scoreless streak, which ended at 288:33 in length, and it was just the third goal allowed all season by the Irish.
It did not take Notre Dame long to respond as Vince Cicciarelli sent a cross into the box and Shipp deposited it for his second goal of the season. Shipp has notched at least one point in each of the last four matches. The assist gave Cicciarelli, a junior forward, his first career point.
Notre Dame played a man-up for the final 50 minutes of the match after Boston College defender Nick Butler was issued a second yellow card in the 60th minute.
“I felt we really dominated play after their guy got sent off with the red card, but Boston College has some really fast players who can give you some problems in transition and that kept it exciting,” Clark said. “Overall it was a very positive performance for us. There may have been a little period of time that we got frustrated, but we just have to stay composed. If we keep playing like this the results will come.”
The Fighting Irish are back in action Friday when they play host to Duke. The ACC showdown is slated for 7:30 p.m. (ET) at Alumni Stadium and it will be broadcast live and for free on WatchND.tv.
Newton Campus Field – Newton, Mass.
September 21, 2013
#1 Notre Dame (3-0-3, 1-0-2) 1 0 0 0 – 1
Boston College (2-2-2, 1-1-1) 1 0 0 0 – 1
Shots: ND 6-8-3-0 – 17, BC 1-4-0-0 – 5
Corner Kicks: ND 2-3-1-0 – 6, BC 3-1-0-0 – 4
Goalkeepers: ND: Patrick Wall – 1 SV, 1 GA, 110:00, T; 1 Team Save
BC: Keady Segel – 2 SV, 1 GA, 110:00, T
Fouls: ND 8, BC 13
Offsides: ND 1, BC 1