Sept. 29, 1999
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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s soccer team had its biggest offensive output of the season and gave 10th-year head coach Mike Berticelli his 100th win with the Irish in a 5-2 victory over Eastern Michigan. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Notre Dame who improved to 4-4-1 overall on the season as the Irish exploded for four second-half goals.
The Irish got goals from five different players in the contest. Notre Dame entered the contest having scored just five goals overall in its first eight games. It was the most goals scored by the Irish since a 6-1 victory over Valparaiso in the season opener of the 1998 campaign on September 1.
Senior forward Andrew Aris (Auckland, New Zealand) had a big night for the home team as he netted his first goal of the season and dished off two assists. Freshman Justin Ratcliffe (San Antonio, Texas) had two assists, while freshman Erich Braun (Frankfurt, Germany) had a goal and an assist.
Notre Dame got on the scoreboard first at the 14:37 mark when Dustin Pridmore (Dallas, Texas) tallied his first score in 1999 on an eight-yard chip shot into the net off assists from Braun and Ratcliffe. Eastern Michigan tied the score less than nine minutes later when Chris King shot bounced off his own player, Drew Drummond.
The Irish broke the tie at the 71:21 mark when freshman Andreas Forstner (Gerlinden, Germany) tallied his first collegiate goal on a 30-yard blast from the right side of the field. The score was perhaps Notre Dame’s most dramatic goal of the season. Braun gave the Irish a 3-1 advantage when he netted his third goal in ’99 in front of the box off of Aris’ head flick less than two minutes later at 73:01. Matt McNew (Arlington, Texas) also contributed in assist in the game.
Eastern Michigan cut the deficit to 3-2 at 77:13 when Jeff Schilt’s shot off the right corner got past Irish goalkeeper Gerick Short (Mobile, Ala.).
Notre Dame scored twice more before the end of the game. Senior Jason Jorski (Lutz, Fla.) tallied his first collegiate goal off an Aris feed from 20-yards out and then Aris added the game’s final score 34 seconds later off an assist from Ratcliffe.
Notre Dame outshot the Eagles 27-11 in the game as Eastern Michigan suffered its fifth loss of the season to drop to 4-5.
The Irish return to action on Saturday, October 2 when they host Syracuse at 7:30 p.m. in a BIG EAST matchup. It will be the first conference outing for Berticelli’s squad who are 1-1-1 in conference play this season.
Eastern Michigan (4-5-0) 1 1 -- 2Notre Dame (4-4-1) 1 4 -- 5
SCORING: Notre Dame: Dustin Pridmore (Braun, Ratcliffe), 14:37, Eastern Michigan: Chris King (Drummond), 25:24, Notre Dame: Andreas Forstner, 71:22, Notre Dame: Erich Braun (Aris, McNew), 73:01, Eastern Michigan: Jeff Schilt, 77:13, Notre Dame: Jason Jorski (Aris), 87:24, Notre Dame: Andrew Aris (Ratcliffe), 87:58, CORNER KICKS: Notre Dame 10, Eastern Michigan 3, FOULS: Eastern Michigan 15, Notre Dame 14, GOALIE SAVES: Notre Dame – Gerick Short (2), Eastern Michigan – George Tamaso (4)