Oct. 22, 2003
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Greg Martin headed home a Kevin Goldthwaite corner kick in the second minute of play and his classmate Devon Prescod added some late insurance with his team-leading eighth goal of the season as the 13th-ranked Notre Dame men’s soccer team jumped back in the battle for a BIG EAST Tournament home-field spot with Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over homestanding Providence, at Glay Field.
Notre Dame (9-3-3, 4-3-1 BIG EAST) moved up to fifth place in the conference standings and is close to claiming one of the four home-field positions for the BIG EAST quarterfinals. The victory gives the Irish 13 points, just one behind fourth-place Connecticut (4-2-2) and two shy of Virginia Tech (5-2-0) and Rutgers (4-1-3).
The Irish could pass the Hokies with a win on Saturday at Virginia Tech but the Hokies have a game in hand, with matchups left vs. 10th-place Pittsburgh and at PC (while ND will have just one more game after facing VT, next week at 12th-place Villanova). Rutgers has home games remaining versus Villanova and 11th-place West Virginia while UConn closes with road games at last-place Syracuse and ninth-place Georgetown.
Martin headed in Goldthwaite’s corner for his fourth goal of the season at the 1:40 mark while Prescod scored on a partial breakaway to cap the scoring with 12:00 left to play.
Junior Chris Sawyer stopped all three shots he faced for his seventh shutout of the season. Sawyer now has held the opposition to 0-1 goals in 12 of 15 games this season.
Notre Dame 1 1 – 2
Providence 0 0 – 0
ND 1. Greg Martin 4 (Kevin Goldthwaite) 1:40; ND 2. Devon Prescod 8 (unassisted) 78:00.
Shots: ND 7-8 – 15, PC 3-3 – 6.
Corner Kicks: ND 2-1 – 3, PC 2-0 – 2.
Saves: ND 3 (Chris Sawyer): PC 8 (Jeff Newman).
Fouls: ND 1, PC 14.
Offsides: ND 3, PC 2.