Sept. 12, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s soccer team exploded with five straight second-half goals to top Cal Poly 5-1 on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Stadium. The Fighting Irish captured the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament title with a 2-0 record.
All five Notre Dame (2-1-1) tallies were from different players. Aaron Maund (Dorchester, Mass./The Roxbury Latin School), Dillon Powers (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior), Brendan King (Naperville, Ill./Edison Academic Center [Fla.]), Greg Klazura (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) and Grant Van De Casteele (Plano, Texas/Frisco Centennial) netted goals in the Fighting Irish victory. The five goals were the most for the Irish since a 5-0 win over Michigan in the 2009 season opener.
After the match was scoreless at halftime, Maund started the surge of five straight goals for the Irish as he deposited a kick from 20 yards out into the upper right of the netting in the 51st minute. Just over six minutes later, Powers took a pass from Jeb Brovksy (Lakewood, Colo./Green Mountain) and centered it at the top of the 18-yard box and sent it home to make it 2-0. It was the first career goal for Powers, a sophomore midfielder.
Cal Poly (2-2-0) threatened in the 60th minute as Tim White sent a shot on frame but a diving punch out from Irish junior goalkeeper Will Walsh (Morristown, N.J./Delbarton) kept the Irish lead at two.
Notre Dame increased its lead to three in the 62nd minute as King, a midfielder, blasted the ball into the back of the net from 35 yards out. Freshman forward Harrison Shipp (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) just missed on tallying Notre Dame’s fourth goal as his shot was stopped by Mustang goalkeeper Chris Violas, but Klazura, a left back, then possessed the ball and connected on a shot from 17 yards out to make it a 4-0 contest in the 71st minute. That was Klazura’s first career goal.
The fifth and final Irish tally came in the 74th minute as a Shipp corner kick was flicked over to Van De Casteele by Powers and the sophomore central defender scored the first goal of his career.
A goal from Cal Poly’s Cameron Walters with six seconds left in regulation prevented the Fighting Irish from notching their third straight shutout.
“The second half was terrific for us,” said Irish head coach Bobby Clark. “I was a little bit worried in the first half because it was a warm afternoon and the fourth game of the weekend, and the second of the day, on this field and it was getting a little choppy. At halftime we talked about taking the tempo up and really making it a game and the players certainly took me at my word.”
Walsh made four saves to up his record to 2-1-1 on the season. Violas had two stops in the loss. Notre Dame out shot Drake 17-9. The Irish also had three more corner kicks (6-3) than the Mustangs. Notre Dame has out shot and gained more corner kicks than its opponents in all four games this season.
“Another bonus of scoring five goals was being able to run out another lineup,” added Clark. “It gave all the guys who work so hard week in and week out a chance to get on the field. That was a real positive.”
Indiana defeated Drake 2-0 in Sunday’s first game. Cal Poly finished second in the tournament followed by Indiana and Drake, respectively. It marked the fourth time that Notre Dame has won the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament during its nine-year existence. The Irish also took home the crown in 2003, 2005 and 2008.
Maund, a junior central defender, was named the tournament’s defensive MVP. Notre Dame senior forward Steven Perry (Edmond, Okla./Bishop McGuinness) was awarded offensive MVP honors after netting both goals in the 2-0 win over Drake on Friday. Indiana’s Luis Soffner was the goalkeeping MVP. Brovsky, a senior forward, and Powers joined Maund and Perry on the all-tournament team.
The Irish return to action on Friday, Sept. 17 at Michigan. Kickoff against the Wolverines is slated for 7:30 p.m. (ET). Notre Dame is back at home against Michigan State at 2:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Sept. 19.
Alumni Stadium – Notre Dame, Ind.
September 12, 2010
Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament
Cal Poly (2-2-0) 0 1 – 1
Notre Dame (2-1-1) 0 5 – 5
Scoring: ND: Aaron Maund (Brendan King) 50:04; ND: Dillon Powers (Jeb Brovsky) 56:25; ND: Brendan King (unassisted) 61:18; ND: Greg Klazura (unassisted) 70:57;ND: Grant Van De Casteele (Dillon Powers, Harrison Shipp) 73:25; CP: Cameron Walters (unassisted) 89:54
Shots: CP 4-5 – 9, ND 8-9 – 17
Corner Kicks: CP 1-2 – 3, ND 5-1 – 6
Goalkeepers: CP: Chris Violas – 2 SV, 5 GA, 90:00, L; ND: Will Walsh – 4 SV, 1 GA, 90:00, W
Fouls: CP 8, ND 11
Offsides: CP 3, ND 3
2010 Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament Final Standings
1. Notre Dame (2-0-0)
2. Cal Poly (1-1-0)*
3. Indiana (1-1-0)
4. Drake (0-2-0)
* won tiebreaker with Indiana based on head-to-head play
Jeb Brovsky, Sr., F, Notre Dame
Aaron Maund, Jr., D, Notre Dame
Steven Perry, Sr., F, Notre Dame
Dillon Powers, So., M, Notre Dame
Chris Bernardi, So., F, Cal Poly
Junior Burgos, Sr., M, Cal Poly
Wes Feighner, Jr., M, Cal Poly
Will Bruin, Jr., F, Indiana
Luis Soffner, R-So., GK, Indiana
Jordan Kadlec, R-Jr., GK, Drake
Charles Schwartz, R-Jr., M, Drake