Sept. 12, 2004
The fourth-ranked University of Notre Dame men’s soccer team (3-0-1) worked through a hot, sunny day in Northern Indiana to battle CS Fullerton (0-3-1) to a scoreless tie in two overtimes to wrap up the 2004 Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament on Sunday afternoon. The tie gives the tournament title to Indiana, who defeated Evansville 4-0 in game three on Sunday morning. Senior Jack Stewart and sophomore Nate Norman and Greg Dalby were named to the all-tournament team for Notre Dame.
Much like its game against Evansville on Friday to begin the tournament, Notre Dame dominated many of the statistics but struggled to get the ball in the net. The Irish ended up with 27 shots (fives shots on goal) compared to 14 for the Titans. Notre Dame also had the edge in corner kicks 13-5.
“With 65 shots in two games (this weekend) you expect more goals,” Irish head coach Bobby Clark said after the game.
“But, that is the game of soccer. Our team worked very hard and were forcing the ball forward up until the last minute.”
Clark was also not concerned about a tie this early in the season.
“It is not a sprint, it is a marathon,” he said.
“There are a lot more games this season and better performances in our future.”
The Evansville game featured 10 close scoring chances on Friday and Sunday’s match with CS Fullerton followed the same pattern. Twenty minutes into the second half a point blank shot by Justin McGeeney was saved by CS Fullerton keeper Sam Reynolds – his first of five saves in the contest. In the last 10 minutes of the game, three scoring opportunities were missed by the Irish including a Jack Stewart header off a corner kick, followed by rebound blast by Dalby, a Nate Norman shot from point blank range saved by Reynolds and an Ian Etherington offering bouncing through the defense and just missing the back of the net.
Fullerton was equally unlucky two times when a shot ricocheted off the post in the second overtime and a point blank header found its way over the cross bar with just two minutes remaining in regulation.
Perhaps Notre Dame’s top scoring chance came in the final 30 seconds off a desperate corner kick. With the game clock ticking down to zero, Norman took a quick corner kick into the 18-yard box. His shot was eventually blocked, but senior Christopher High had two shots from inside five yards that were both deflected away.
The game eventually ended as a tie after two 10 minute overtime periods.
2004 Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament