Bobby Budlong named MIAA Offensive Player of the week
Player of the Week Sept 26
Bobby Budlong, Albion
• Was involved in two of Albion's four goals on the week as the Brits went 2-0 against MIAA foes to move into second in league standings
• In 2-1 win at Adrian Sept. 21, assisted on game-winning goal
• Scored an insurance goal in shutout victory over Alma Sept. 24
Suniel Veerakone seals 2-1 victory for Duke
RALEIGH, N.C.—Duke rookie Suniel Veerakone struck a free kick to perfection in the 75th minute to lift the Blue Devils to a crucial 2-1 victory over NC State in ACC men’s soccer action this evening at Dail Soccer Stadium. Robert Moewes was outstanding in goal for Duke with four saves.
Duke grabs its first ACC win and improves to 4-3-2 overall and to 1-2-1 in ACC play. NC State drops to 3-7-0 and 0-4-0 in conference action.
“I just thought our resiliency showed tonight,” said head coach John Kerr. “We weren’t just going to give up an easy goal. I think we were determined not to give away an easy goal and it showed tonight. We bounced back from being down 1-0 as well. We held on and we just weren’t going to give up a goal in the second half.”
Jared Golestani scored the Blue Devils’ first goal as Duke extends its unbeaten streak against the Wolfpack to seven games.
NC State grabbed the early lead with Tanner Roberts heading home a curling service from Simon Blotko on the right flank just over five minutes in.
The Blue Devils, somewhat against the run of play, answered three minutes later when Carter Manley slipped a beautiful through ball to a streaking Brian White in the penalty box. The junior striker calmly slotted the ball across the goal for Golestani at the back post to tap home and tie the game 1-1.
The Wolfpack controlled much of the possession in the next 35 minutes, but had nothing to show of it at the break. Goalkeeper Robert Moewes came up with a huge one-on-one save in the 36th minute, making himself big and kicking the ball away for his second save of the half.
Cameron Moseley nearly got in behind the NC State backline but was whistled for offside as the Blue Devils managed just two shots in the opening 45 minutes.
Duke’s possession was better in the second half as the Blue Devils kept the ball and when able to get into the final third were distinctly more dangerous. The Blue Devils’ increased time of possession also kept the Wolfpack from getting forward as successfully as it did in the first 45 minutes.
In the 69th minute Cameron Moseley nearly put the Blue Devils ahead after a through ball from Veerakone, but NC State goalkeeper Alex McCauley cut the angle well and made the diving stop. Rookie Brandon Williamson, stepping on for an injured CC Uche, had a header just sail over the bar moments later as Duke continued to pressure NC State’s backline.
Five minutes later, Veerakone, after a deft touch around a defender, drew a foul 20 yards from goal on top of the 18-yard box. Just like he did on his previous two goals this season, Veerakone curled the ball in for the highlight-reel score and go-ahead goal.
The Wolfpack, however were not going to make it easy on the Blue Devils. NC State attacked with fury in those final 15 minutes, creating a handful of dangerous looks on frame. Moewes and the Duke backline did well to remain organized and the entire Blue Devils squad fought tooth and nail in those final minutes to come away with the win.
NC State outshot Duke 14-6 for the game and had five corner kicks, while the Blue Devils had none. McCauley finished with one save in the setback.
Duke returns home to Koskinen Stadium Oct. 4 against Davidson. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m
Blake Townes racks up 2 Assists for Notre Dame
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A pair of goals from conference scoring leader Jon Gallagher and a strong defensive performance enabled the University of Notre Dame men's soccer team to emerge with a convincing 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) victory over Pittsburgh on Friday night at rainy Ambrose Urbanic Field.
No. 1/2 Notre Dame (8-1-0, 3-1-0 ACC) claimed its second straight conference win behind the second multi-goal performance of 2016 from Gallagher. The junior striker finished assists from Blake Townes and Thomas Ueland at 21:47 and from Townes at 86:11 to vault Gallagher into the ACC lead with eight goals (19 points) over his first nine starts this season.
Notre Dame finished the contest with an 11-3 shots edge over Pittsburgh (2-6-2, 0-3-1 ACC), including a perfect 7-0 mark in the first half. The Irish also enjoyed a 10-3 margin in attempted corner kicks on the night, including an 8-2 tally in corners during the second half alone.
Notre Dame found the scoreboard for the first time in the 22nd minute, created by a Ueland led pass to a strong Townes run into the right corner of the Pittsburgh defensive third following an Irish throw-in. Townes laced a nifty crossing pass in front to a driving Gallagher, where Gallagher finished the feed into the lower left corner past Panthers goalkeeper Mikal Outcalt for his seventh goal of the year and a 1-0 Notre Dame lead.
Pittsburgh attempted to strategically work the counterattack during the second half after the Notre Dame defense brilliantly held the Panthers without an official shot attempt in the first 45 minutes of play. The approach nearly found the equalizer in the 68th minute, as Panthers leading scorer Luca Mellor got free in the Notre Dame third and ripped a strong try that bent toward the right post. Irish goalkeeper Chris Hubbard made a sprawling punch save diving to his left to stone Pittsburgh and thwart the damage. Hubbard finished the match with three total stops for his fifth shutout of the season.
Notre Dame put the match away for good in the 87th minute. Townes jumped a Pittsburgh clearance attempt and lofted a high feed over the Panther defense to find Gallagher in space up the left wing. Gallagher broke Outcalt down 1V1 shaded left post and ripped a curving shot into the right corner of the mesh for his second goal of the match and the final 2-0 Irish verdict.
Notre Dame is back in action on Oct. 4, welcoming regional rival and eight-time NCAA champion Indiana back to Alumni Stadium for a nonconference matchup. Coverage of the 7 p.m. (ET) match will be available via ACC Network Extra.
Single game tickets for the 2016 Notre Dame men's soccer season remain on sale. Visit und.com/BuyTickets or call the Murnane Family Ticket Office at 574-631-7356 for more information or to purchase tickets.
Play of the Game
Thomas Ueland won possession after a Notre Dame throw-in deep in Pittsburgh territory and skillfully sent Blake Townes through toward the Panthers end line in the right corner. A dart of a centering pass hit an open Jon Gallagher in stride, and Gallagher buried his ACC-leading seventh goal of 2016 at 21:47 for the 1-0 Irish advantage.
The throw-in that ultimately led to the first Notre Dame goal was created thanks to a strong Gallagher run earlier in the 22nd minute. A lob pass over the top down the right flank hit Gallagher in space, but a nice save by Pittsburgh goalkeeper Mikal Outcalt sent the ball screaming out of play up the sideline. The Irish proceeded into the goal scoring sequence immediately after.
Note of the Game
Notre Dame has now won 14 straight meetings with Pittsburgh dating back to a 2-0 victory on Oct. 5, 2003 in Pittsburgh. The Panthers also fell to 0-25-6 in conference play since joining the ACC alongside the Irish prior to the start of the 2013 campaign.