Junior goalkeeper Will Walsh made five saves in his first career start.

Fighting Irish Fall To No. 5 UCLA In Season Opener, 1-0

Sept. 3, 2010

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A goal from UCLA’s Ryan Hollingshead in the 23rd minute was the difference as the fifth-ranked Bruins topped No. 18 Notre Dame 1-0 in men’s soccer action on Friday evening at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The match, which was the season opener for both teams, was the first contest of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic.

Notre Dame out shot UCLA 19-14 for the match in addition to holding a 10-4 advantage in corner kicks. The Fighting Irish produced eight more second-half shots (12-4) than the Bruins yet could not produce the equalizer.

“Their goal was a long ball over the top and that’s been something we’ve worked on so it was a little annoying that it happened,” said Irish head coach Bobby Clark. “We were playing against a strong wind and had the sun in our faces in the first half and that caused us some problems. We had the conditions in our favor in the second half and that allowed us to have some more chances.”

Will Walsh (Morristown, N.J./Delbarton) earned his first career start in goal for the Fighting Irish. The junior made five saves, while his counterpart Brian Rowe had seven stops.

“I thought Will (Walsh) made a couple good saves for us tonight,” stated Clark. “I felt their goalkeeper (Brian Rowe) was possibly their best player.”

Junior midfielder Brendan King (Naperville, Ill./Edison Academic Center [Fla.]) and senior forward Steven Perry (Edmond, Okla./Bishop McGuinness) both had a game-high four shots for the Irish. Sophomore midfielder Dillon Powers (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) had a team-best two shots on goal in the match.

“It was good to see Dillon (Powers) play a full 90 minutes tonight (after battling an injury in the preseason),” added Clark. “I thought (Steven) Perry looked dangerous at times tonight.”

The Fighting Irish will open their regular-season home schedule against California at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday with `Pack the House’ night at Alumni Stadium. That match also is part of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic. Indiana and California met in Friday’s second match of the tournament.

“We have to take something out of the next game (vs. Cal) and our guys know that,” said Clark. “Our history in this tournament is that we’ve usually done well on Friday but have sometimes struggled on Sunday so hopefully it’s the reverse this year.”

Armstrong Stadium – Bloomington, Ind.
September 3, 2010
adidas/IU Credit Union Classic

#5 UCLA 1 0 – 1
#18 Notre Dame 0 0 – 0

UCLA: Ryan Hollingshead (Kelyn Rowe) 22:54

Shots: UCLA 10-4 – 14, ND 7-12 – 19
Corner Kicks: UCLA 3-1 – 4, ND 4-6 – 10
Goalkeepers: UCLA: Brian Rowe – 7 SV, 0 GA, 90:00; ND: Will Walsh – 5 SV, 1 GA, 90:00
Fouls: UCLA 10, ND 9
Offsides: UCLA 2, ND 4