Wildcats stun No. 1 Irish with last-minute goal

[NOTRE DAME-KENTUCKY: Men] Swedish freshman Stefan Stojkovic scored with 25 seconds remaining in regulation to give Kentucky a 1-0 win over No. 1 Notre Dame on Monday night during the final day of the weather-delayed Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament. The loss was the first for the Irish since October 2013.

UK’s game-winning goal followed Callum Irving's goal kick to Stojkovic, who found fellow Swede Hampus Agerstrom at the corner of the box. Agerstrom played it back to Stojkovic, who fired into the goal at the far post from 15 yards out on the Wildcats' only shot of the second half.

“This win feels really good,” UK head coach Johan Cedergren said. “I was telling our team before not to fear [Notre Dame], but to respect them because they are the kind of program we want to build at Kentucky."

Irving, the Wildcats' All-Conference USA goalkeeper, saved a career-high seven shots in the win. The Canadian's best stops came in the 54th minute on a shot by Patrick Hodan from close range and in the 71st minute when he stopped Conner Klekota's bullet from 25 yards.

“It was just one moment of [lack of] concentration,” Notre Dame coach Bobby Clark said of the late goal. “When you’re dominating a game as much as that, you have to really concentrate and we let ourselves down a little bit. Hopefully, it’s a lesson learned and we’ll move forward. But full marks to Kentucky, they hung in really well and their goalkeeper was excellent.”

A goal from Patrick Doody in the third minute and a penalty kick save by IU goalkeeper Colin Webb kept Indiana undefeated in 2014 with a 1-0 win over Dartmouth that gave the Hoosiers the tournament title.
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