Sept. 25, 2001
Morton, Ill. – Andreas Forstner (Gerlinden, Germany) scored his first goal of the year on a penalty kick with 2:47 remaining, lifting Notre Dame (3-3-0) to a 3-2 victory at Bradley (4-3-1).
Notre Dame got on the board first in the eighth minute when Justin Ratcliffe (Miami, Fla.) deflected a Chad Riley (Houston, Texas) corner kick past Bradley goalkeeper keeper Nate Adams for his second tally of the year.
The score remained 1-0 into halftime, but Bradley’s Gavin Glinton wasted no time in evening the score in the second half as he collected a ball from defender Craig White and deposited his first shot of the game into the net with a defender draped on his back just 50 seconds into the period.
The Fighting Irish, who earned their road first win jumped back ahead, 2-1, in the 55th minute on another restart. This time Greg Martin (Plano, Texas) collected a cross at the right post and bounced a shot off the cross bar and back down into the goal.
Glinton again evened the score, 2-2, in the 61st minute by taking a feed from Sam Mills in traffic at the top of the penalty area, where he quickly turned left and fired to the right corner of the net.
Forstner’s penalty kick was set up when Bradley midfielder Thando Dzowa took down a Notre Dame player from behind at the right edge of the penalty area. Forstner beat Adams with a low shot to the left corner to seal the win.
Glinton, who twice twice brought Bradley back from one-goal deficits and nearly pulled off a third game-tying goal, but his desperation shot sailed over the cross bar midway through the 90th minute.
Irish freshman Chris Sawyer (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) made his first career start in goal. He played the entire 90 minutes and finished with two saves in the contest.
Notre Dame returns to action on Sat., Sept. 29 when the Irish travel to South Orange, N.J., to face the Seton Hall Pirates at 1:00 p.m. in a BIG EAST Conference matchup.
Game Statistics: Notre Dame Bradley
Shots 15 15
Saves 4 2 (Chris Sawyer- 2) (Nate Adams – 4)
Fouls 14 20
Corner Kicks 3 6