Sept. 5, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No. 18 Notre Dame men’s soccer team played California to a scoreless draw on Sunday night at Alumni Stadium. The match, which was the final contest of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic, was the home opener for the Irish.
The Fighting Irish finished fourth in the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic, while Cal won the tournament and Indiana and UCLA placed third and fourth, respectively. Notre Dame fell to UCLA, 1-0, in the first day of the event on Friday in Bloomington, Ind. Notre Dame junior midfielders Chris Sutton (Apple Valley, Minn./Shattuck-St. Mary’s) and Michael Rose (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) were named to the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic all-tournament team.
As was the case against the Bruins on Friday, the Irish held the advantage in shots and corner kicks over the Golden Bears on Sunday. Notre Dame out shot Cal 28-16 in addition to gaining six more corner kicks (13-7).
“As far as results, it was a tough weekend, but I felt there were a lot of positives,” said Irish head coach Bobby Clark. “We played two top-20 teams and in my opinion I felt we were the better side in both games. But at the end of the day, we came out with one tie and that’s disappointing.”
Notre Dame (0-1-1) held a commanding 12-4 shot advantage in the first half. Two saves from Cal goalkeeper David Bingham were needed on Irish shots in the final minute of the opening stanza. The first attempt came off the foot of Sutton from 23 yards out. Irish pressure in the final seconds of the half resulted in a shot from freshman Harrison Shipp (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) that was saved by Bingham, who had a total of nine saves on the night. Notre Dame junior Will Walsh (Morristown, N.J./Delbarton) had four saves.
Walsh’s top save of the night came in the 64th minute as a Hector Jimenez shot from just outside the 18-yard box sent the Irish junior diving to his right for the stop.
The Fighting Irish nearly cracked the scoring column in the 74th minute as Bingham stopped a Dillon Powers (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) shot and the Cal goalkeeper also saved the rebound shot from Steven Perry (Edmond, Okla./Bishop McGuinness).
Cal threatened in the 76th minute as an Anthony Avalos shot ricocheted off the crossbar and the follow up from John Fitzpatrick was sent high. A shot from Cal’s Demitrius Omphroy hit the crossbar in the 81st minute.
Notre Dame controlled play in both 10-minute overtime periods. The Irish out shot the Golden Bears 6-1 and had a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks during the extra sessions.
In the first overtime period, junior midfielder Brendan King (Naperville, Ill./Edison Academic Center [Fla.]), who had a game-high six shots, sent the ball just high from right outside the 18-yard box. In the second overtime, Rose placed a shot on frame that was knocked out by Bingham. On the ensuing corner kick, Rose sent a header just high of the goal.
“We have to find ways to score,” added Clark. “We have to get a lot of people involved in scoring goals. But what I liked about today is when it came to the last 20 minutes of regulation and then in the two overtimes, I felt we were the team that wanted to win the game. I loved the attitude that we were trying to win the game.”
Bingham was named the defensive MVP of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic, while Indiana’s Will Bruin, who scored four goals in the two matches, was tabbed as the offensive MVP.
The Irish return to action when they play host to the ninth annual Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament at Alumni Stadium on Sept. 10 and 12. Indiana and Cal Poly will get things underway at 5:00 p.m. (ET) on Friday, Sept. 10. Notre Dame will then face Drake at 7:30 p.m. Indiana and Drake will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12, while the Irish will face Cal Poly at 2:00 p.m. in the tournament’s final match.
Alumni Stadium – Notre Dame, Ind.
September 5, 2010
adidas/IU Credit Union Classic
Cal 0 0 0 0- 0
#18 Notre Dame 0 0 0 0 – 0
Shots: CAL 4-11-0-1 – 16, ND 12-10-3-3 – 28
Corner Kicks: CAL 2-4-1-0 – 7, ND 7-1-3-2 – 13
Goalkeepers: CAL: David Bingham – 9 SV, 0 GA, 110:00; ND: Will Walsh – 4 SV, 0 GA, 110:00
Fouls: CAL 10, ND 14
Offsides: CAL 4, ND 1
2010 adidas/IU Credit Union Classic Final Standings
1. California (1-0-1)
2. Indiana (1-1-0)*
3. UCLA (1-1-0)
4. Notre Dame (0-1-1)
* won tiebreaker with UCLA based on head-to-head play
2010 adidas/IU Credit Union Classic All-Tournament Team
Offensive MVP – Will Bruin, Indiana
Defensive MVP – David Bingham, California
David Bingham, California
A.J. Soares, California
Davis Paul, California
Servando Carrasco, California
Andy Adlard, Indiana
Caleb Konstanski, Indiana
Alec Purdie, Indiana
Ryan Hollingshead, UCLA
Brian Rowe, UCLA
Chris Sutton, Notre Dame
Michael Rose, Notre Dame