Oct. 22, 2008
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – The No. 13 Notre Dame men’s soccer team played Seton Hall to a 1-1 draw in BIG EAST play on Wednesday night at Owen T. Carroll Field. Senior defender Alex Yoshinaga (San Diego, Calif./Granite Hills) netted the equalizer in the 82nd minute for the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame (9-4-2, 5-1-2) dominated the stat sheet on the evening. The Fighting Irish registered season-high totals in shots with 27 and corner kicks with 13. Seton Hall notched 18 shots and four corner kicks. Irish senior Bright Dike (Edmond, Okla./Edmond North) had a team-high seven shots, including three of Notre Dame’s nine shots on goal.
Seton Hall (6-6-4, 2-3-4) grabbed the lead in the 13th minute as Dritan Sela connected on a shot with the assists going to Steven Rose and Samuel Petrone. Despite being out shot 10-5 in the opening half, the Pirates held a one-goal lead at the intermission.
The Fighting Irish entered the contest with a 0-2-0 record this season when trailing at halftime. Notre Dame’s fortunes in that category would change when Yoshinaga deposited his first goal of the season with a blast from 20 yards out on an assist from Dike with 8:35 left in regulation.
Notre Dame held an 8-5 advantage in shots over the course of the two 10-minute overtime periods, yet neither team was able to notch the `golden goal’. Senior goalkeeper Andrew Quinn (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha) made one save on the night for the Irish, while Seton Hall’s Paul McHenry had eight stops.
Notre Dame will now travel to Connecticut to face the Huskies on Saturday, Oct. 25. Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m. (ET) at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The Irish are in first place in the BIG EAST Blue Division with 17 points, while the Huskies are second with 13.
#13 Notre Dame (9-4-2, 5-1-2) 0 1 0 0 – 1
Seton Hall (6-6-4, 2-3-4) 1 0 0 0 – 1
Shots: ND 10-9-2-6 – 27, SH 5-8-4-1 – 18
Corner Kicks: ND 5-6-1-1 – 13, SH 2-2-0-0 – 4
Saves: ND 1 (Andrew Quinn 1); SH 8 (Paul McHenry 8)
Fouls: ND 10, SH 14
Offsides: ND 10, SH 1