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ND Men’s Soccer: ND falls to Dartmouth in OT

Molly Sammon | Monday, November 22, 2010

Dartmouth forward Andrew Olsen scored the game-winning goal nine minutes into overtime in Sunday’s second round game of the NCAA tournament and brought Notre Dame’s 2010 season to a close with a 2-1 loss to the Big Green at Alumni Stadium.

“I am so disappointed, especially for our seniors because this is exactly the way we felt a year ago at Northwestern,” Irish coach Bobby Clark said. “You come out of a game you thought you maybe deserved some more out of, and we were on the wrong side of it.”

The rainy, windy weather proved to be an obstacle for both teams at Alumni Stadium.

“It wasn’t an easy night to play — some wind and rain,” Clark said. “We didn’t defend. It’s not easy to play in as strong a wind as that.”

The teams played a scoreless first half before regulation ended in a 1-1 tie. Olsen scored both of Dartmouth’s two goals. He opened scoring in the 65th minute with an unassisted goal after finding the back of the net on a loose rebound.

“The first goal he got behind us,” Clark said. “[Junior defender] Aaron [Maund] was a little bit injured — he was slowed up by that a little bit. [Dartmouth] is a dangerous team. They’ve got some pretty potent weapons and one of them was the final goal.”

The Irish (10-6-4) quickly responded with their only goal of the game nine minutes later as sophomore midfielder Dillon Powers scored off an assist from senior forward Steven Perry. Although Notre Dame only had seven shots compared to Dartmouth’s 13 in the first half, the Irish turned the tables in the second half, tallying 18 shots to only two from the Big Green.

Notre Dame had a chance towardsthe end of regulation, as freshman midfielder Harrison Shipp launched a shot that Dartmouth Goalie Lyman Missimer deflected with one minute left in the second half.

Notre Dame had 15 total corner kicks to the Big Green’s 7, but were unable to capitalize on the set pieces for any points.

Dartmouth (12-6-1) traveled to Notre Dame riding a five-game win streak, including a first round 4-0 victory over No. 11 Monmouth on Thursday.

“I always say it’s a good season if you get into the NCAAs, and a very good season if you can play past Thanksgiving,” Clark said. “Unfortunately, we’ve stopped at just a good season. We’re disappointed because I think this team had deserved and had the capability of going much further.”