Oct. 30, 2001
Notre Dame, Ind. – The 20th-ranked Notre Dame men’s soccer team recorded its sixth shutout in seven games and was victorious for the seventh time in eight games as the Irish recorded a 4-0 shutout against IUPUI. Coach Bobby Clark’s squad received goals from four different players as Notre Dame improved its record to 10-5 on the season, the first 10-win campaign since 1997.
The Irish wasted little time in getting on the board as they scored 14 seconds into the contest when Erich Braun (Frankfurt, Germany) netted his team-leading 12th goal of the season off assists from Devon Prescod (Marietta, Ga.) and Griffin Howard (San Diego, Calif.). The goal was the seventh for the Irish forward in the last eight games and kept his streak alive of scoring in every game (11 contests) that the Irish have scored a goal. Braun is the first Notre Dame player to score 12 goals in a season since Ryan Turner netted 12 during the 1997 campaign.
The score remained 1-0 until the 56:14 mark of the second half when Kevin Goldthwaite (Sacramento, Calif.) beat out a couple of Jaguar defenders and blasted a shot from five yards out into the right corner of the net past goalie Armando Femia. That goal was the first of three for the Irish in the second half.
Howard tallied his first goal of the season at the 63:42 mark of the second when his shot from the top of the box off an assist from Goldthwaite.
Prescod scored the final Irish goal, his fifth of the season off an assist from Jack Stewart (Torrance, Calif.) with 13:09 remaining in the game. The assist marked the first point of his career.
Freshman goalkeeper Chris Sawyer (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) played 80:03 and had one save, while junior Greg Tait (Fayetteville, N.Y.) saw action in the final 9:57 of the contest and came up with one save.
Notre Dame outshot IUPUI, which fell to 7-7-2 on the season, 19-7 in the contest and owned a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Notre Dame concludes the regular season at home against on Sat., Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m., when it plays host to Syracuse in a pivotal BIG EAST Conference matchup.
Scoring: ND: Erich Braun (Devon Prescod, Griffin Howard), 0:14, ND: Kevin Goldthwaite, 56:14, ND: Griffin Howard (Kevin Goldthwaite), 63:42, ND: Devon Prescod (Jack Stewart), 76:51