September 9, 2012

Short-Handed Men's Soccer Falls At No. 17 Notre Dame

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The No. 6 University of Akron men's soccer team, which played a man down for more than 60 minutes, suffered its first defeat of the year in a 3-1 setback at No. 17 Notre Dame Sunday in the final match of the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament.

The Zips (3-1-1) were leading 1-0 when Aodhan Quinn was shown a straight red card in the 30th minute. Notre Dame (5-0-0) scored three goals – two coming off restarts and another on a penalty kick – in the second half to remain perfect on the year.

With Friday's 1-0 victory over No. 10 Indiana, UA finished second in the tournament. Chad Barson, Scott Caldwell and Dillon Serna were named to the All-Tournament Team.

UA got off to a fast start, scoring the first goal of the match in just the fourth minute. After a strong run by Eric Stevenson, Alfred Koroma crossed the ball to Caldwell, who finished near the top of the box to give UA a 1-0 lead.

The Zips looked especially sharp early on and started to dominate play with their possession but the red card changed the complexion of the match.

The Irish found the equalizer in the 49th minute following a corner kick. After the initial service, Patrick Hodan sent a lob into the box where Leon Brown redirected it into the net for his first goal of the season.

An Akron foul set up a Notre Dame free kick just outside of the box in the 64th minute. Dillon Powers whipped a shot past the Zips' wall of defenders and into the right side of the net on the direct shot.

The Irish, which out-shot the Zips 22-13 for the match, added the final tally of the contest in the 79th minute when Ryan Finley finished a penalty kick after Serna was called for a foul in the box.

After playing their last four matches on the road, the Zips will return to FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field next weekend to play host to The University of Akron Tournament. UA will host St. John's Friday night at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Soccer Channel and South Florida Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET.