Aug. 14, 2002
DUNWOODY, Scotland – Notre Dame forwards Erich Braun and Devon Prescod again hooked up on a goal in Wednesday’s game versus Dunwoody United, as the Irish played to a 1-1 tie to complete their five-game exhibition tour through Scotland with an unbeaten record (4-0-1).
Braun scored five of the team’s 19 goals on the trip – including both scores in Monday’s inspired 2-0 win over the Aberdeen FC under-21 squad. Prescod – who also assisted on both of the goals versus Aberdeen and scored three goals of his own on the trip – set up Wednesday’s goal with a header to Braun, who then buried the chance with 15 minutes left in regulation (no overtime was played).
Dunwoody then gained the equalizer with just three minutes left to play, with senior goalkeeper Greg Tait stopping the original shot before the rebound was knocked in for the 1-1 final.
The Irish used a lineup similar to their earlier games, with sophomore Chris Sawyer playing the first half in the net. Sophomore defender Kevin Goldthwaite – whose header won the 1-0 game with the Ross county under-21s – did not play due to the flu, with sophomore Gianni Mauro drawing the start at left back.
The team will spend Thursday sightseeing in Edinburgh before returning to Notre Dame on Friday.
Notre Dame’s 4-0-1 record also included wins over Formartine United (6-1) and Banks of Dee (8-1), with the Irish totaling a 19-3 scoring edge in the five games.
Be sure to check the Scottish Corner Kicks link at www.und.com for the daily diary entries from Notre Dame tri-captain Greg Martin.
NOTRE DAME HEAD COACH BOBBY CLARK: “If you had told me and the other coaches that we would have gone 4-0-1 on this trip, I would have taken it. We are very happy with the trip in general, particularly Monday’s win. I previously had brought three teams here to Scotland (from Dartmouth and Stanford) but we never managed to beat the Aberdeen under-21s … until this year. Today’s game was our fifth in 11 days and we struggled a little bit. When you don’t have it physically, you can tend to lose your focus a bit and it takes a mental toll. All in all, this was an amazing trip for the Notre Dame men’s soccer program. We are here without our incoming freshman, two of our veterans players are hurt and did not play and then we held out Goldthwaite today. So to perform at this level for five games was exceptional.”