Sep 29, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT
U Conn 2 – Notre Dame 1
A fateful six-minute spell in the first half saw Notre Dame lose their second match of the season. It was a very harsh patch as Notre Dame had opened the game in good fashion, keeping play for the most part in the UConn end. The sellout 5,000+ crowd was very boisterous in the opening stages, but good possession and strong attacking play kept the Huskies’ fans very quiet. It was around the 26th minute that things began to go wrong. An errant pass coming out of defense set up transition which resulted in a penalty kick for Connecticut. The penalty was awarded for Will Walsh, in the Irish goal, colliding with Beso. It seemed a harsh call by the referee, but with 5,000 fans barking for blood, it was an easy one for the official to give. Alvarez converted the kick and Notre Dame fell behind. This was a careless period for the Irish and it was the only time in the game when UConn had real momentum. Six minutes later, Notre Dame went further ahead via a nice transition goal from overlapping fullback Liu.
2-0 down at the half and things were not looking good but the Irish opened the second period very strongly. Things looked even brighter when Luke Mishu played a lovely entry pass to Dillon Powers. Dillon took the pass and brilliantly cut back across his defender before firing a low, curling shot inside the far post. This was in the 49th minute, so there was plenty of time to salvage the match. From that moment on it was pretty much one-way traffic for the Irish. They huffed and they puffed, but they could not blow the house, or should I say kennel, down and the Huskies prevailed. It was a valiant effort that left us empty-handed, but hopefully this game will provide valuable lessons for the team in the weeks ahead. Big games are decided by wee things and against good teams the slightest of errors often end up in goals.
There is little time to feel sorry as we are back to Big East action on Wednesday when Pittsburgh visits Alumni Stadium. It will be nice to get back to home cooking after four consecutive road games and although we have a 8-2-0 record, the defeats are both in Big East play, so it is very important that we start picking up conference points.
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