Sept. 3, 2000
Las Vegas, Nev. —The Notre Dame men’s soccer team tied host UNLV in the final round of the UNLV Fila/Snickers Rebel Classic as the Irish were 1-0-1 in the tournament to open the 2000 campaign.
Sophomore goalkeeper Greg Tait (Fayetteville, N.Y.) was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament after he recorded two shutout in 210 minutes of action and made nine saves in two games. Another sophomore, Andreas Forstner (Gerlinden, Germany), who also was instrumental in Notre Dame’s two shutouts was named the tournament most outstanding defensive player.
Notre Dame dominated the contest early on with six shots in the first half, but it was UNLV’s defense that kept the Irish from capitalizing in the first period of play.
The second half featured outstanding defense by both teams. Freshman Justin Detter (White Lake, Mich.) had Notre Dame’s best scoring chance in the second half, but goalkeeper Scott Winstead made a diving save that stopped the shot. UNLV had one significant scoring opportunity late in the game, but sophomore Justin Ratcliffe (Miami, Fla.) made a save from the back after Tait had gotten tangled up with two UNLV players. Tait finished the contest with four saves.
Neither team managed much offense in the overtime periods with each team tallying only six shots in the two overtime sessions.
Notre Dame returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 6 when the Irish play host to Bradley in the home opener at Alumni Field at 7:00 p.m.
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SHOTS: Notre Dame 18, UNLV 11
CORNER KICKS: Notre Dame 11, UNLV 3
FOULS: Notre Dame 17, UNLV 18
GOALIE SAVES: Notre Dame 4, UNLV 7
UNLV FILA/Snickers Rebel Classic All-Tournament Team:
- Most Valuable Player: Greg Tait – Notre Dame
- Co-Offensive Players: Tuomas Talvio – UNLV
- Alejandro Hernandez – UNLV
- Defensive Player: Andreas Forstner – Notre Dame