Feb. 17, 2004
The University of Notre Dame men’s soccer team continues to rake in postseason honors for 2003-04. Freshman Greg Dalby (Poway, Calif.) was named to the Soccer America Freshman All-America team earlier this month – joining teammates Justin Detter and Chris Sawyer in earning All-America accolades.
Dalby was both a central midfielder and central defender for the Irish in his rookie season last fall, helping the Notre Dame defense establish itself among the best units in the nation. Dalby started each of Notre Dame’s 23 matches last season and played close to every minute of every contest.
The Notre Dame defense held its opponents to just 16 goals in 23 matches last season – and eight of those goals came in two games. Take that into consideration and the Irish defense held their opponents to one or zero goals in 21 of 23 matches during the 2003 season.
In other Irish men’s soccer news, senior Kevin Richards earned his first international playing experience for the Bermuda National Team on Feb. 11, 2004, when the Bermudans faced Trinidad & Tabago. Richards, a native of Warwick, Bermuda, started two matches for his home country on Feb. 11 and 13 against the Trinidadians. Bermuda lost the first match 1-0, then came back to earn a 2-2 tie. Richards suffered a minor injury in the second contest after making a run through the opposing defense and getting off a solid shot attempt.
Richards also has already attended a preseason camp for the MLS Colorado Rapids (he was selected in the fifth round of the MLS draft on Jan. 16) and will be invited back for more workouts – taking a step closer to becoming the first Irish player from the Bobby Clark era to appear on a MLS roster.