Aug. 30, 2015
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After more than 200 minutes of scoreless soccer, the University of Notre Dame men’s soccer team got the breakthrough it was waiting for. Freshman Thomas Ueland connected on the winning goal with 1:28 left in the second overtime to send the No. 4/10 Irish to a 1-0 victory over No. 14/13 Indiana on Sunday in the final game of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic in front of a raucous 4,226 fans at Armstrong Stadium.
Notre Dame (1-0-1) earned its second straight shutout after previously tying No. 13/6 Maryland 0-0 on Friday in the season opener for both teams. Indiana (1-1-0) held a 14-6 edge in total shots, but the Irish finished with a narrow 3-2 lead in shots on goal.
A cross from the left flank by Blake Townes found Ueland in the 18-yard box in the 109th minute. Ueland made the most of the opportunity, sending a high shot past Indiana goalkeeper Colin Webb and into the right corner of the net at 108:32 for the game-winner.
“I thought we controlled the second half and both overtimes,” Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark said. “We had to battle in the first half, the first half was a real battle, and we were playing into the breeze at that point. It wasn’t a gale but it had an influence, the breeze, so it was harder to clear your lines. As the game grew I felt we grew into the game and the guys were very confident at halftime.
“We must give (director of sports science) Matt Howley credit here because in both games we looked much fitter than our opponents,” Clark said. “We played two overtimes on Friday and they played a night game, which should have been easier. Our guys were still running at the end. I give Matt a big pat on the back for getting the guys fit.”
Indiana nearly broke through in the eighth minute when a service from Ben Maurey found an open Femi Hollinger-Janzen on the inside right of the six-yard box. Hollinger-Janzen’s header from the right of the goal clipped the far post and skirted out of danger.
Hollinger-Janzen nearly banked an attempt in off the leg of a Notre Dame defender in the 19th minute. The deflection carried the ball back toward the right post and just wide of frame to thwart the scoring chance.
Indiana tried another great chance from distance in the 24th minute, as Tanner Thompson crushed a drive from 25 yards out that rang off the crossbar over the top of a leaping Chris Hubbard.
Hubbard logged his second straight clean sheet in net for Notre Dame, notching two saves for his first career collegiate victory. Hubbard, along with Brandon Aubrey and Connor Klekota, were Notre Dame representatives on the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic All-Tournament team. Aubrey was selected as the tournament’s most valuable defensive player.
“We didn’t give away chances, and the great thing Chris does is he stays so calm,” Clark said. “He has a calm presence about him. He did not have a lot of saves but what he does is handle crosses well. There were some big boys in there, well over six feet, and he remains very calm. Over the weekend I was very proud of this group of players, it’s very hard to single individuals out.”
Jon Gallagher got free down the right flank in the 35th minute after a ball over the top found its way to the Notre Dame sophomore striker in stride. A running cross service was cleared out of the box by the Indiana defense.
A great back heel leave from Ueland to Max Lachowecki on the left corner of the box set up an artful cross across the field. Lachowecki’s service found a streaking Patrick Hodan, whose shot attempt was deflected out of bounds by Hoosier keeper Webb at 38:23.
Hodan teed up an accurate corner from the right flag in the 40th minute, and the left-footed kick found fellow tri-captain Klekota inside the six-yard box. Klekota’s header traveled just outside of the left post.
Some great passing from Ueland and Gallagher found Evan Panken in space just outside the 18-yard box in the 46th minute. A right-footed try by Panken was corralled by Indiana keeper Webb.
“We’ve got really good resilience, and one of the things we talk about is never being outworked or outthought and being resilient,” Clark said. “When you play teams like Maryland and Indiana there are going to be tough times, you’re not going to dominate for 90 minutes. You are going to be up against it. Indiana has a lot of good players, they are a well-coached team and a good team. This is one of the toughest venues in the country to come to, and I thought we were very resilient today.”
Notre Dame had its best chance during regulation in the 80th minute. Great touch passing from Mark Gormley to Jeffrey Farina found Hodan in the center of the 18-yard box. Hodan drilled the Farina pass past Indiana keeper Webb, but was deemed to have been offside prior to the shot.
“I always remember my old coach Alex Ferguson at Aberdeen saying, `If we’re going to win the league and win cups, we have to go to Parkhead and Ibrox where Celtic and Rangers play and control the game. There has to be no fear,'” Clark said. “This weekend the team showed me they are tough. If you’re going to win trophies you’ve got to go into tough places and win. We have plenty of tough places on our schedule this season, so we’ve got to be able to handle them. This is a good sign but there are equally hard tests ahead of us.”
Notre Dame opens its first homestand of the 2015 season next weekend with the annual Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament at Alumni Stadium. The Irish take on South Florida Friday at 7:30 p.m. (ET) before closing the event with UAB on Sunday at 2 p.m.
August 30, 2015
Adidas/IU Credit Union Classic – Game 4
No. 4/10 Notre Dame 1, No. 14/13 Indiana 0 (2OT)
Armstrong Stadium (Bloomington, Ind.)
No. 4/10 Notre Dame 0 0 0 1 — 1
No. 14/13 Indiana 0 0 0 0 — 0
Shots: IU 14 (9-5-0-0), ND 6 (3-1-1-1)
Shots on goal: IU 2 (2-0-0-0), ND 3 (1-1-0-1)
Saves: IU 2 (Colin Webb 2 in 108:32), ND 2 (Chris Hubbard 2 in 108:32)
Corner Kicks: IU 10 (6-4-0-0), ND 6 (5-0-1-0)
Fouls: IU 11, ND 8
Offsides: IU 3, ND 1
Yellow Cards: Michael Shipp (ND) 55:45; Grant Lillard (IU) 107:13
— Tony Jones, Athletics Communications Assistant