Oct. 5, 2001
Notre Dame, Ind. –
Junior Erich Braun (Frankfurt, Germany) recorded his first multiple-goal game of the season and fourth of his career in leading the Notre Dame men’s soccer team to a 3-1 victory over BIG EAST rival Georgetown.
The Irish, who leads the team in scoring with 14 points, added his fifth and sixth goals of the season as Notre Dame improved to 4-4-0 overall and 2-2-0 in the BIG EAST. Georgetown lost its second straight to fall to 4-5-1 overall and 2-2-0 in the BIG EAST. With the win, Notre Dame also snapped a four-game losing streak to the Hoyas.
Braun scored his first goal of the game with 2:33 remaining before intermission when his shot from eight-yards out from the left side of the field rolled past Hoya goalkeeper Brian O’Hagan off assists from freshman Kevin Goldthwaite (Sacramento, Calif.) and sophomore Kevin Richards (Warwick, Bermuda).
Georgetown tied the score game 7:58 into the second half when Kenny Owens tossed in a Kaiser Chowdry’s shot what rebounded off of Irish goalkeeper Chris Sawyer (Highlands Ranch, Colo.).
Following the Georgetown goal, Notre Dame dominated the game with aggressive counterattacks and an up-tempo style that had the Hoyas somewhat confused on defense. Braun netted the game-winning goal at the 68:08 mark when he re-directed a shot into the right corner of the net from just past the box which came from the right side of the field from teammate Chad Riley (Houston, Texas).
Sophomore Justin Detter (White Lake, Mich.) added the insurance goal when he netted his fourth goal of the season off an assist from Riley. Detter took a cross from the far right side of the box and blasted it past O’Hagan.
Sawyer, making his third straight start, finished with six goals in the game while O’Hagan had 11 stops. Notre Dame outshot the Hoyas 23-12 in the game and 17-5 in the second half.
At halftime of the game, the Notre Dame Athletic Department and Irish men’s soccer team honored the family of former Notre Dame men’s soccer coach Mike Berticelli. A permanent monument has been placed at the entrance to Alumni Field honoring the memory of the former Irish coach who coached at the University for 10 seasons before his death in January of 2000.
Notre Dame will play its next three games on the road beginning with a matchup at West Virginia on Thurs., Oct. 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Scoring: ND: Erich Braun (Kevin Goldthwaite, Kevin Richards), 42:27, GU: Kenny Owens (Kaiser Chowdhry), 52:58, ND: Erich Braun (Chad Riley), 68:08, ND: Justin Detter (Chad Riley), 79:25.