Bright Dike leads all BIG EAST players in goals (8) and points (18).

Bright Dike Earns National And League Honors

Oct. 12, 2009

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame senior forward Bright Dike (Edmond, Okla./Edmond North) has received both national and conference recognition for his efforts in helping the Fighting Irish capture two wins last week. Dike was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week and to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.

Dike netted the golden goal in the 110th minute in a 1-0 victory at Providence on Saturday, Oct. 10. Earlier in the week, he gave the Fighting Irish a two-goal advantage in the 55th minute in a 2-0 win at Marquette (Oct. 7). Dike, the BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, leads all BIG EAST players in goals (8) and total points (18). This marked the second time this season that Dike was named to the league’s honor roll. The other distinction occurred on Sept. 21.

Joining Dike this week on the conference’s honor roll was Fighting Irish senior central defender John Schaefer (Troy, Mich./Detroit Jesuit). Schaefer helped anchor the Irish backline as Notre Dame posted two shutouts on the week. The Fighting Irish defense did not allow a shot on goal in the entire second half and two overtime periods against Providence. Notre Dame has held its opponents to one goal or fewer in each of the past five matches. This is the first such honor for Schaefer.

The 22nd-ranked Fighting Irish (7-4-1, 5-2-0) will return to action with an in-state showdown against No. 19 Indiana on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Game time is slated for 7:15 p.m. (ET) at Alumni Stadium.