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Notre Dame Men's Soccer To Play Two Road Games This Week

Sept. 24, 2001

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Notre Dame will play two road games this week as the Irish travel to Peoria, Ill., to face Bradley on Tues., Sept. 25 for a 7:00 p.m. match and South Orange, N.J., on Sat., Sept. 29 for a 1:00 p.m. BIG EAST contest against Seton Hall.

Notre Dame was 1-1 in action last week with a 3-1 non-conference win over Cleveland State and 3-0 loss to BIG EAST rival Rutgers. Justin Detter (White Lake, Mich.) had two goals and an assist against Cleveland State, while Erich Braun (Frankfurt, Ger-many) added a goal and an assist. Goalkeeper Greg Tait (Fayetteville, N.Y.) combined for nine saves in the two games.

Justin Detter registered the second multiple-goal game of his career in scoring two goals and also dishing off an assist to help Notre Dame snap a two-game losing streak as the Irish defeated Cleveland State for the third straight year with a 3-1 victory. After the Vikings got on the scoreboard with Joachim Walker’s goal at the 11:39 into the contest, Detter netted the first of his two goals at the 28:23 mark. Following the halftime break, Detter broke the 1-1 deadlock with his second goal of the game 5:09 into the second half on an assist from Erich Braun. Braun then followed up with a goal off a Detter assist at the 79:51 mark to finish off the scoring in the contest. Notre Dame outshot Cleveland State 21-9 in the game.

Dennis Ludwig had a goal and two assists to lead #23 Rutgers to its fifth straight win over the Irish in the 3-0 victory. The Scarlet Knights were helped by two goals in a four-minute span as Rutgers scored just before the halftime break at the 42:14 mark and then 1:23 into the start of the second half. Erich Braun had an opportunity to cut the defict to 2-1, but missed a penalty kick at the 50:54 mark. Rutgers scored its final goal of the game at 61:09. Greg Tait finished with a season-high five saves in the contest.

This will be the second consecutive year the two teams have played each other. Bradley owns the 1-0 advantage in the series after last season’s 3-1 victory at Notre Dame.

Notre Dame leads the series 5-3-1. Last year the Pi-rates earned a 1-0 victory at Alumni Field and two years ago at Seton Hall, the two teams tied 1- 1. The Irish are 3-2-1 against the Pirates on the road and have not lost in South Orange, N.J. since a 2-1 decision in 1997. Notre Dame’s last victory in the series was 2-0 win at home in 1998.

Bobby Clark is in his first season at Notre Dame. He was named the fifth head coach in the history of the Notre Dame men’s soccer program on Jan. 19, 2001. In his 15th season as a collegiate coach, Clark was victorious in his debut on the Irish sidelines in Notre Dame’s 5-0 win over Villanova. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, he spent five seasons guiding the Stanford Cardinal to a 71-21-12 record and .740 winning percentage from 1996-2000. Clark also was the head coach at Dartmouth from 1985-1993 where he led the Big Green to an 82-42-13 mark (.646). Heading into this season, Clark ranked 15th among active Division I head men’s soccer coaches in terms of winning percentage. In 14-plus seasons, he owns a 155-66-25 record for a .681 winning percentage. Six of Clark’s teams have advanced to NCAA tournament play with his 1998 Stanford squad finishing as the NCAA runnerup that season. In between his coaching stints at Dartmouth and Stanford, he was head coach of the New Zealand National Team.