Aug. 28, 2006
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame senior forward Justin McGeeney (Ames, Iowa/Ames) was named the BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, Aug. 28. McGeeney scored a single-game career-best two goals in a 4-1 win over No. 8 Creighton on Sunday in the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament.
The Irish found themselves trailing 1-0 early on in the match as a result of an own goal, however McGeeney responded with two tallies just four minutes apart. In the 14th minute, he was set-up by his classmate Nate Norman (Rochester Mich./Rochester Adams), who flicked a cross into the box and McGeeney put a head on it to notch his first goal of the season. Then in the 18th minute, McGeeney received the ball in the box off the head of Bright Dike (Edmond, Okla./Edmond North), controlled it and then fired it in to give the Irish a 2-1 advantage. Notre Dame would add on two more goals to capture the victory and improve its record to 1-1-0 on the young season.
McGeeney was selected to the all-tournament team for the Irish, who are ranked 10th nationally.
This is the second weekly honor from the BIG EAST for McGeeney in his career. He was also tabbed as an Offensive Player of the Week as a sophomore during the 2004 campaign. The last Fighting Irish player to garner a weekly honor from the league was current senior Chris Cahill (Louisville, Ky./DeSales), who was named the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week for the week of Sept. 12 last season.
Next up for McGeeny and the Irish will be the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic this coming weekend in Bloomington, Ind. Notre Dame faces Saint Louis on Friday, Sept. 1 at 5:00 p.m. and will take on the host Hoosiers at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3.
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