Sept. 23, 2007
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Freshman Jeb Brovsky scored the game's only goal in the second half to lift No. 3/4 Notre Dame past Villanova 1-0 before a standing room only crowd of 1,000 at the Villanova Soccer Complex here on Sunday afternoon.
The Fighting Irish (5-1-1 overall, 3-0-0 BIG EAST) wasted no time in demonstrating why they are one of three BIG EAST members ranked in the nation's top five, generating five shots in the game's first four minutes. Wildcats senior goalie Jason Friel made two key saves early to keep the game scoreless and the Irish just missed on two other opportunities in the contest's first 20 minutes.
Villanova's defense managed to hold the fort in the first stanza, despite Notre Dame's 14-3 advantage in shots.
The Fighting Irish broke through in the game's 50th minute. Joseph Lapira sent a ball near the top of the box to Dave Donohue who touched it to Brovsky. Brovsky did the rest, sending a blast past Friel at 50:54. Lapira and Donohue were each credited with assists on the score which snapped Villanova's shutout streak at 468:45. The last goal surrendered by the `Cats had come in a 2-1 win over Siena on Sept. 4.
The Wildcats (6-2-0 overall, 1-1-0 BIG EAST) did create a couple of scoring opportunities in response. One of the best came off a set piece in the 74th minute when junior Joe Taylor (Southampton, Pa.) fired a missile towards the top of the Irish net off a set piece that sailed just over the cross bar.
Chris Cahill made three saves in posting the shutout for the Irish while Friel made six saves for Villanova.
Notre Dame owned a 23-10 edge in shots and a 7-3 advantage in shots on goal.
Next up for Villanova is a visit to Seton Hall on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.