[MEN'S COLLEGE CUP: Notre Dame-New Mexico] Sophomore midfielder Patrick Hodan continued his hot postseason with both goals for No. 3 seed Notre Dame in its 2-0 win over New Mexico that moved the Irish into Sunday's Men's College Cup final against Maryland at PPL Park (TV: ESPNU, live, 3 pm ET). Hodan has scored in six straight games to lead Notre Dame into its first championship game.
Hodan opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Harrison Shipp, Notre
Dame's MAC Hermann Trophy finalist, fed him on the right side and he took a couple dribbles to free himself and and bury shot from 16 yards out.
“It’s obviously great to
get ahead from the start,” Hodan said. “It gave us a little cushion and gave us some confidence during the game. We’ve been doing well on the offensive end in these NCAA games.
We’ve moved the ball well, and everyone’s finding the open guy.”
New Mexico, which had not given up a goal in the NCAA Tournament until Hodan's goal, had its
chances in the first half when Notre Dame keeper Patrick Wall made four of his five saves.
Notre Dame's second goal came midway through the second
half when Vince Cicciarelli's shot hit the crossbar and came out to Hodan, who put it away with a header.
“We’re obviously delighted to
have one more game in the season,” Notre Dame coach Bobby Clark said. “I think they call it dancing in December – it’s good, it’s
fun. It was a very hard game. I think it was important that we got the first goal. I think that put us in a position where we controlled the tempo and controlled the game a little bit. I thought we
did that fairly well.”
Dec. 13 in Chester, Pa.
Notre Dame 2 New Mexico 0. Goals: Hodan
(Shipp) 7, Hodan (Shipp, Cicciarelli) 65.
Notre Dame -- Wall, O'Malley, Van de Casteele, L.Mishu, Klekota, Besler, Panken, Hodan, Shipp, Cicciarelli. Sub:
New Mexico -- Lisch, Gibbons, Venter, Miele, McGovern, Kafari, Calderon, McKendry, Rogers, Wehan, Hansen. Subs: Fisher, Rochowski, Wypch.