Nov. 21, 2005
NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER WEEKLY NOTES PACKET
NCAA Championship – Second Round
Tuesday, Nov. 22 – 7:00 p.m. (EST)
Notre Dame at No. 5/7 Indiana
Notre Dame (11-7-3) will travel to Indiana (13-2-6) for an NCAA tournament second round match-up against the Hoosiers, who are the No. 3 seed in the 2005 NCAA Championship along with being the two-time defending national champion. The Fighting Irish are coming off a 2-0 first round win over Western Illinois at Alumni Field on Friday, Nov. 18. This will be the second meeting of the season between Notre Dame and Indiana. Both teams squared off at Notre Dame on Oct. 26, with the Hoosiers coming away with a 3-0 victory. Notre Dame is 3-21-1 all-time against Indiana.
SNAPSHOT OF THE IRISH: Notre Dame is 11-7-3 overall and finished the season with a 6-4-1 mark in BIG EAST play … the Fighting Irish are coming off a 2-0 victory over Western Illinois in the first round of the NCAA Championship … Notre Dame is 6-3-2 at home this season and 4-3-1 on the road an 1-1-0 at neutral sites … sophomore forward Joe Lapira leads the team in points (17), goals (6) and is tied for the team lead in assists with Ryan Miller (5) … juniors Greg Dalby and Ian Etherington were named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, while Lapira was a third team selection … Dalby was also tabbed as a M.A.C. Hermann Trophy semifinalist … junior midfielder Nate Norman is second on the squad with nine points on three goals and three assists … junior goalkeeper Chris Cahill has collected all 21 decisions for the Irish this season … he has registered eight solo shutouts and has a 0.87 goals-against-average … Notre Dame’s longest win streak of the year was two games, which occurred three times … the Irish’s longest unbeaten streak was three games this season … Notre Dame has not suffered consecutive losses all season … the Fighting Irish have outscored opponents 27-19 … 17 of Notre Dame’s 21 matches have been decided by one goal or less.
IRISH IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP: This is Notre Dame’s fifth straight appearance in the NCAA tournament and the ninth trip overall in program history … the Irish have a 4-7-1 record all-time in the NCAA Championship, including last Friday’s win over Western Illinois … Notre Dame was the tournament’s fifth seed last year and earned a first round bye before falling to Ohio State, 2-1, at Alumni Field … Notre Dame owns a 3-1-1 mark at home and a 1-6-0 record on the road in the NCAAs … Notre Dame’s only road win was at UNC-Greensboro in the 1996 tournament, a 1-0 victory … the furthest that the Irish have ever advanced in the tournament was in 2003, when they made it to the Sweet 16 before being eliminated by Michigan on penalty kicks, 4-3, following a 1-1 tie.
SECOND ROUND HISTORY: This is Notre Dame’s fourth consecutive appearance in the second round of the NCAA Championship … the Fighting Irish are 1-3-0 all-time in that round of the tournament, with a 1-1-0 record at home and an 0-2-0 mark on the road … following a first round bye in the 2004 tournament, the Irish fell to Ohio State, 2-1 … Notre Dame’s only second round victory in the history of the program came in 2003, a 4-1 triumph over Wisconsin-Milwaukee … in 2002, Indiana knocked the Irish out of the tournament with a 1-0 second round victory … Notre Dame’s first appearance past the first round was in 1996, which ended with a 1-0 loss to UNC-Charlotte in the second round.
A LOOK AT INDIANA: The Hoosiers are the No. 3 seed in this year’s NCAA Championship … Indiana is gunning for its third straight NCAA title and the eighth in program history … the Hoosiers are 13-2-6 overall … senior midfielder Brian Plotkin and junior forward Jacob Peterson share the team lead in points with 26 apiece … Peterson has a team-high 12 goals … freshman forward Lee Nguyen has 22 points on five goals and 12 assists … sophomore goalkeeper Chris Munroe has collected all 21 decisions for the Hoosiers … Munroe has given up 14 goals, while making 54 saves … he has a 0.65 goals-against-average with 10 shutouts … Plotkin, Peterson and Jed Zayner (Jr., B) were all named semifinalists for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, which is given to the nation’s top player … the Hoosiers are 5-1-2 at home this season … Indiana has won 19 straight NCAA Tournament games at home and is 45-3 at Armstrong Stadium during the tournament … the Hoosiers are a top-four seed for the second straight season … in the 33-year history of Indiana soccer the Hoosiers have won seven national titles (1982, 1983, 1988, 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2004), second only in NCAA history to Saint Louis’ 10.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS THE HOOSIERS: Notre Dame and Indiana are no strangers when it comes to meeting on the soccer pitch as the schools have squared off 25 times prior to Tuesday’s match … Notre Dame has only faced one other school more times than the Hoosiers in the history of the program – Valparaiso, another instate rival, with 27 meetings all-time … Indiana owns a 21-3-1 mark versus Notre Dame, including a 3-0 victory this season in Notre Dame, Ind. … the Hoosiers have won the past two meetings between the schools … the Fighting Irish are 2-10-0 at home against the Hoosiers and 1-12-1 in Bloomington … Notre Dame’s only win at Indiana came in 2001, a 1-0 decision … six prior meetings have gone into overtime with the Irish owning a 2-3-1 mark in those contests … Notre Dame is 0-5 against Indiana when the Hoosiers are the defending NCAA champion … Indiana has out-scored Notre Dame 71-13 all-time in the series.
IRISH AND HOOSIERS IN THE NCAA: This will mark the third time that Notre Dame and Indiana have met in the postseason … the Hoosiers have won both prior meetings in the NCAA tournament by identical 1-0 decisions on their home turf in Bloomington, Ind. … the first meeting occurred in the first round of the 1994 tournament, while the other was a second round clash in the 2002 NCAA Championship.
FAMILIAR FACES: The Irish and Hoosiers have been around each other a few times already this season … Notre Dame traveled to Bloomington to participate in the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic to open the 2005 season with games versus SMU and Wake Forest … Indiana made the trek to South Bend the following weekend to compete in the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament at Alumni Field and faced Boston University and Saint Louis … this marked the third straight year in which each team played in the other’s early-season tournament … however, the two teams are playing partners in the events so they do not face each other … Indiana made a return trip to Notre Dame this season for an Oct. 26 match-up against the Fighting Irish.
THE FIRST TIME: (Notre Dame/Indiana recap from Oct. 26, 2005) Indiana’s Mike Ambersley netted a goal and assisted on another as the Hoosiers topped Notre Dame 3-0 on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Notre Dame’s Alumni Field … the Irish could never mount a solid offensive attack and were out-shot 20-7 in the match … Indiana opened the scoring in the 31st minute as freshman Lee Nguyen sent a perfectly placed free kick into the upper right corner of the net from 25 yards out … the score would remain 1-0 as both teams entered the locker rooms at halftime … the Hoosiers made it a 2-0 contest early in the second half with a goal from Ambersley in the 52nd minute … the senior forward blasted a shot from 35 yards away and Irish goalkeeper Chris Cahill leaped and fully extended his 6-6 frame to get a hand on it yet that deflected the ball into the net … the game was put away in the 65th minute as Charley Traylor took a pass from Ambersley and blasted it in from 35 yards away to make it a 3-0 match … Notre Dame’s best chance of the match came with just over 10 minutes remaining in the contest as junior forward Justin McGeeney snuck into the Hoosier defense and sent a point-blank shot on goal that was stopped by Chris Monroe, who made three saves on the night … Cahill made several diving saves on the night and finished with seven total stops.
IRISH AND THE BIG TEN: Notre Dame is 5-4-2 versus the Big Ten Conference in the Bobby Clark era, which began in 2001 … the Irish faced two Big Ten teams this season … Notre Dame played Michigan State to a scoreless tie on Oct. 11 and fell to Indiana, 3-0, on Oct. 26 … the past three Fighting Irish campaigns have been ended by Big Ten teams … Notre Dame’s magical 2004 season was ended with a 2-1 loss to Big Ten member Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament … a year earlier, Notre Dame fell to Michigan on penalty kicks, following a 1-1 tie, in a Sweet 16 battle in the NCAAs … Indiana knocked the Irish out of the 2002 NCAA tournament in the second round by a 1-0 decision.
QUOTING CLARK: Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark discusses his team’s second round match against Indiana …
On facing Indiana …
“This is a great opportunity for our team to catapult ourselves into national prominence. It’s been a little bit of a rebuilding year for us but I feel we are playing better now than we’ve been playing all year. We’ll be ready to grasp this opportunity.”
On being familiar with Indiana …
“There are some advantages with playing them again but that doesn’t take away the enormity of playing Indiana at home. Not many teams have gone in there and won in the NCAAs. If you’re going to be the national champion you are going to have to do this. The familiarity does help but they are also familiar with us. There’s a healthy respect for each other and we both know it’s a big game.”
On the opportunity to still be playing in the NCAA tournament …
“This is what you play for all season. We hope that we can come out on the right side and get a few more wins before the 2005 season is over.”
NEXT UP: The winner of the Notre Dame/Indiana match will face the winner of the North Carolina State/Clemson game in the third round of the NCAA Championship on either Saturday, Nov. 26 or Sunday, Nov. 27 … North Carolina State is the No. 14 seed in the tournament.
RECAPPING WESTERN ILLINOIS (NCAA FIRST ROUND): Notre Dame used a solid all-around effort in defeating Western Illinois, 2-0, in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday, Nov. 18 at Alumni Field … Joe Lapira and Kurt Martin netted goals for the Irish in the victory … Notre Dame went up 1-0 in the 20th minute against the Leathernecks as Ryan Miller sent a cross to Lapira from the right side and he put the ball in the lower-left corner for his team-leading sixth goal of the season … that was Notre Dame’s first goal in the last three matches … the Irish had other scoring chances in the first half as Justin McGeeney sent a shot just wide off a nice pass from Nate Norman … Lapira almost scored again with 16:55 remaining in the half with a shot that was high from the top of the box … the Irish would out-shoot the Leathernecks 4-2 in the first half and 10-3 for the game … Martin capitalized after an Irish cross was intercepted yet misplayed in the box and the sophomore midfielder sent it with 37:57 left to play for his second goal on the year … Western Illinois could not mount an offensive attack against the Irish defense for the rest of the match and Notre Dame would punch its ticket to the second round … goalkeeper Chris Cahill collected two saves to earn his eighth solo shutout of the season for the Fighting Irish.
WINNING WAYS: The 2005 season marks the fifth straight winning season for Notre Dame all under the watch of head coach Bobby Clark … Clark has guided Notre Dame to five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, including the program’s first trip to the Sweet 16 in 2003.
PENALTY KICKS: Notre Dame has played a postseason match that has gone to penalty kicks in each of the past three seasons … the match against Syracuse in the first round of the BIG EAST tournament (Nov. 2) marked the first time that the Irish had ever came out victorious on penalty kicks … the Fighting Irish downed the Orange 4-2 in the shootout … in 2003, Notre Dame and Michigan played to a 1-1 tie in the third round of the NCAA tournament and the Wolverines would advance by winning the shootout, 4-3 … Notre Dame and Seton Hall locked up in a 0-0 tie in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST tournament last season before the match went to a shootout and eventually sudden-death penalty kicks with the Pirates advancing 8-7.
BIG EAST BIDS: For the fifth straight year, the BIG EAST Conference has at least five teams in the field of 48-teams in the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship … for the first time in conference history, the league landed seven teams in the championship field, besting its previous record of six teams in 2003 and 2001 … Connecticut, St. John’s, West Virginia, South Florida, Providence, Notre Dame and Seton Hall all made this year’s field … Connecticut was the only league team that garnered a seed as the Huskies are the eighth seed … all seven BIG EAST teams are still alive in the tournament following the first round.
IRISH AGAINST THE NCAA FIELD: The Fighting Irish faced a total of nine teams that made this year’s field and they own a 4-5-1 mark against those squads, including two matches versus St. John’s … the Irish lost both matches to the Red Storm (2-1, 1-0) … Notre Dame defeated SMU (4-1), Providence (2-1 in double overtime), Seton Hall (4-0) and Bradley (1-0) … the Irish tied West Virginia (3-3) and lost to Connecticut (2-1), Indiana (3-0) and Wake Forest (1-0 in overtime).
DALBY NAMED A M.A.C. HERMANN TROPHY SEMIFINALIST: Junior midfielder/defender Greg Dalby has been tabbed as a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club (M.A.C.) Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious individual award in intercollegiate soccer … the trophy is presented annually to the top male and female Division I soccer player in the United States … Dalby becomes the third student-athlete in program history to be selected as a semifinalist for the award … last season the Irish boasted two semifinalists, defenders Jack Stewart and Kevin Goldthwaite … Notre Dame and UCLA are the only two schools to have semifinalists for both the men and women this season … the Fighting Irish had four members on the women’s list, Jen Buczkowski, Candace Chapman, Kerri Hanks and Katie Thorlakson.
BIG EAST HONORS: Juniors Greg Dalby and Ian Etherington were named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, while sophomore forward Joe Lapira was a third team selection … voting was conducted by the league’s 16 head coaches … this was the first selection for both Dalby and Etherington to the conference’s first team … last season, Dalby was a second team selection and Etherington was named to the third team … Dalby was one of just four unanimous selections to the squad … Dalby was also a unanimous selection to the 2005 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team … Etherington was named to that team as well.
STEPHENS NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: Notre Dame senior midfielder John Stephens has been named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic-All District men’s soccer team (District 5) … Stephens, a tri-captain for the Fighting Irish, has started 17 of 21 matches so far this season with one goal and three assists for five points … he carries a 3.857 cumulative grade-point average as an economics major in the College of Arts and Letters.
GOING FOR FOUR: Notre Dame’s two biggest scoring outputs of the season have both come against ranked opponents … the Fighting Irish put up four goals against No. 7 SMU (4-1) on Sept. 2 and No. 16 Seton Hall (4-0) on Oct. 29 … ironically, those were the first and last games of the regular season.
LEADING POINTS: Joe Lapira, a sophomore forward, leads the team in points (17), goals (6) and is tied for the team lead in assists with Ryan Miller (5) … junior midfielder Nate Norman is second on the squad with nine points on three goals and three assists … junior forward Justin McGeeney has tallied four goals for a total of eight points … he led the team last year with 12 points as a result of five goals and two assists.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: Notre Dame has totaled 27 goals on the year, with 11 players notching at least one tally … 11 different individuals have also registered an assist … the Irish have 27 total assists.
FIRST TIME: Six Fighting Irish players have recorded their first collegiate goal this season … seniors John Stephens (SMU) and Ben Crouse (Connecticut), juniors Greg Dalby (SMU) and Ryan Miler (Seton Hall), sophomore Kurt Martin (Providence) and freshman Bright Dike (Bradley) have all netted their first tally in a Notre Dame uniform this season.
TWICE IS NICE: Joe Lapira’s two-goal performance versus Seton Hall was the first two-goal game of his collegiate career … the sophomore became the first Notre Dame player to tally two goals since current senior Tony Megna did the same versus Pittsburgh last season on Oct. 7.
NARROW MARGINS: Notre Dame has played 14 games this year that have been decided by one goal … the Irish own an 8-6 mark in those contests … earlier this season, the Fighting Irish played eight straight matches that were decided by one goal … the Fighting Irish went 5-3 in those games … a 3-3 double-overtime tie against West Virginia put a halt to the streak … the 14 one-goal games is the second most in program history for a single season … the Irish played 16 matches which were decided by one score during the 1996 campaign, including a stretch of 10 straight to close out the season … Notre Dame has also played three ties this season, making 17 of its 21 games being decided by one goal or less.
STRIKING EARLY: On the year, Notre Dame has five goals within the first ten minutes of action … Greg Dalby tallied a score in the second minute of the season-opener against SMU … Bright Dike scored in the sixth minute versus Bradley and Joe Lapira did the same in the following game versus West Virginia … Justin McGeeney netted a goal in the ninth minute versus Providence and Alex Yoshinaga tallied a goal in the fourth minute against Pittsburgh … the Irish are 4-0-1 in those matches, with the tie coming against West Virginia.
SHOOTING AWAY: The Fighting Irish have out-shot their opponents 318-250 on the year … Joe Lapira leads the team with 81 shots taken, while Ian Etherington ranks second on the squad with 37 shots … Notre Dame has out-shot its opponents on 15 occasions this season … the Irish are 10-2-3 in those contests.
CORNER ADVANTAGE: Notre Dame has taken 122 corner kicks so far this season, compared to 82 taken by Irish opponents.
CHALLENGING SLATE: Once again, the Fighting Irish have scheduled a very tough ledger for the 2005 season … six of the teams on Notre Dame’s slate were ranked in the NSCAA/adidas preseason poll (#1 Indiana, #5 St. John’s, #7 SMU, #10 Wake Forest, #19 Connecticut, #25 Saint Louis) … six Irish opponents finished the regular season ranked in the top-25 of the NSCAA/adidas rankings (#4 Connecticut, #5 Indiana, #14 SMU, #18 St. John’s, #19 Wake Forest, #20 Seton Hall) … the Irish opened up the season by facing SMU and Wake Forest, who were ranked seventh and 10th, respectively, at the time and were coming off Sweet 16 appearances in the 2004 NCAA tournament … in all, the Irish faced nine teams that made the 2005 NCAA Championship.
IRISH VERSUS THE TOP: Notre Dame is 2-5-0 versus ranked opponents in the 2005 campaign … the Fighting Irish downed No. 7 SMU, 4-1, in the season-opener on Sept. 2 … the Irish fell to No. 10 Wake Forest, 1-0, in overtime two days later … Notre Dame lost 2-1 to No. 10 St. John’s on Sept. 16 … for the third time this season the Irish faced a team ranked tenth when they battled Connecticut on Oct. 8 … Notre Dame lost that match, 2-1 … the Fighting Irish were topped by No. 5 Indiana on Oct. 26, yet responded three days later with a 4-0 victory over No. 16 Seton Hall … Notre Dame fell to No. 16 St. John’s, 1-0, in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Championship on Nov. 5.
NOTRE DAME IN BIG EAST PLAY: Notre Dame owns an overall record of 61-45-11 (.568) all-time in BIG EAST regular-season play dating back to the 1995 campaign … the Irish have now posted five straight winning seasons within the conference, including this season’s 6-4-1 mark … Notre Dame won its first regular season BIG EAST title in 2004 with an 8-1-1 record … the Fighting Irish have captured BIG EAST tournament crowns in 1996 and 2003.
NO STREAKS: The Fighting Irish have not lost back-to-back games since the end of the 2001 season when they fell to No. 8 St. John’s, 1-0, in the BIG EAST semifinals and then lost to Maryland, 1-0, in the first round of the NCAA tournament … the Fighting Irish are 6-0-1 following losses this season.
IRISH WIN MIKE BERTICELLI MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT: For the second time in the history of the four-year old Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament, the host Irish captured the title as they defeated Boston University 1-0 on Sept. 9 and Saint Louis 1-0 in double-overtime on Sunday, Sept. 11 … that marked the first time that Notre Dame won both games of the tournament … the Fighting Irish also won the event in 2003 … Indiana, the No. 1 team at the time, finished as runners-up of this year’s tournament after tying Saint Louis 1-1 on Friday and defeating Boston University 5-0 on Sunday … goalkeeper Chris Cahill, midfielder Nate Norman, forward Joe Lapira and defender Ryan Miller were all named to the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament All-Tournament Team for the Fighting Irish.
TAKING DOWN A TOP-10: Notre Dame’s 4-1 win over No. 7 SMU was the first time the Fighting Irish defeated a top-10 opponent since they took down No. 9 Boston College last October … the Irish have now claimed a victory against a top-10 team in six straight seasons … a 4-0 win over No. 6 Seton Hall in 2002 was the last four-goal output for the Irish versus a top-10 team prior to the win over the Mustangs.
IRISH IMPROVE MARK IN SEASON-OPENERS: After taking down SMU in the first match of the 2005 campaign, Notre Dame is now 19-7-3 all time in season-openers, including 4-0-1 in the Bobby Clark era … the Irish have not lost a season-opener since the 1994 campaign, a 1-0 loss at No. 15 Penn State … prior to the SMU match, the last time Notre Dame defeated a nationally-ranked team in a season-opener was in 1993 when the Irish knocked off No. 20 Rutgers 4-1 … the four-goal performance against SMU in the season-opener was the most goals scored in a lid-lifter since 2001, a 5-0 win versus Villanova.
NOTRE DAME PICKED SECOND IN BLUE DIVISION: Notre Dame was selected to finish second in the BIG EAST’s Blue Division behind Connecticut, while St. John’s was tabbed to be the league’s Red Division champion … the Irish collected seven first-place votes compared to the Huskies’ nine … Notre Dame was tabbed to finish third in the conference last year, yet went on to win the regular-season league title.
COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS WATCH LIST: Greg Dalby was selected to the College Soccer News Pre-Season All-America second team … the junior tri-captain was not the only Irish student-athlete honored by the publication, as four incoming freshmen were named to the `100 Freshmen to Watch’ list for the 2005 season … (M/D) Matt Besler, (F) Bright Dike, (GK) Luke Seibolt and (D) Jack Traynor were selected to the list and are all part of a very talented seven-man freshman class for the Irish.
FRESHMAN CLASS NATIONALLY RANKED: Notre Dame’s seven-man freshman class was ranked 18th nationally by College Soccer News … (M/D) Matt Besler, (D) Kyle Dagan, (F) Bright Dike, (GK) Andrew Quinn, (M//D) Cory Rellas, (GK) Luke Seibolt and (D) Jack Traynor make up the talented crop of Fighting Irish rookies.
DALBY CAPTAINS U.S. UNDER-20s AT FIFA WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP: Junior midfielder Greg Dalby captained the U.S. Under-20 team during a solid showing at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship this past summer … the U.S. won Group D, which was referred to as the `Group of Death’ entering play, with an undefeated 2-0-1 record … the highlight of the tournament occurred in the first match as the U.S. defeated eventual champion Argentina 1-0 … that would be Argentina’s only loss during its seven-game stretch … a disappointing 3-1 loss to Italy in the Round of 16 brought an end to the event for the U.S. … despite the loss, the U.S. still had a historic run at the tournament … back-to-back-to-back shutouts versus Argentina (1-0), Germany (0-0) and Egypt (1-0) in the tournament’s toughest group marks one of the greatest national team accomplishments in U.S. soccer history … the U.S. became just the 12th team in the tournament’s 28-year history to manage that feat … Dalby was one of 10 college players on the Under-20 team, which also featured a formidable mix of professional and high school standouts … one name easily recognizable to all soccer fans was DC United’s Freddy Adu, but the Under-20 team also featured Eddie Gaven (N.J. Metrostars), Jonathan Spector (Manchester United) and attacking players Jacob Peterson (Indiana) and Lee Nguyen (the lone high school player out of Texas).
McGEENEY WINS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Justin McGeeney, a junior forward, was part of the Des Moines (Iowa) Menace team that lifted the PDL national championship in El Paso, Texas on Saturday, Aug. 13 … the Menace and the El Paso Patriots fought out a 0-0 tie in front of 7,000 spectators and the Menace took the title in a penalty kick tie-breaker.
NOTRE DAME TOTAL ACCESS ON CSTV: College Sports Television (CSTV) will feature a special monthly 30-minute original program called Total Access that concentrates solely on Notre Dame athletics … the show began airing on Oct. 9 and then on the first Sunday of every month for the rest of 2005 and returning on Jan. 8, 2006 … the first show featured a “Cribs”-style tour of the dorm room of Irish soccer players Ryan Miller, Ian Etherington, Kurt Martin and Andrew Benton.
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