Friday, December 13, 2013
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Patrick Hodan led Notre Dame to its first NCAA men's soccer final, scoring twice in the Fighting Irish's 2-0 semifinal victory over New Mexico on Friday night at PPL Park.
Notre Dame (16-1-6) will face Maryland in the title game Sunday. Maryland beat Virginia 2-1 in the second semifinal.
Hodan has scored in six straight games, the last four in the NCAA tournament, and has 11 goals this season.
Harrison Shipp, a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy as the nation's best player, assisted on both goals.
In the seventh minute, Shipp shook off a defender and found Hodan in the box for a shot that snapped New Mexico's shutout streak at 317 minutes. The Irish, making their College Cup appearance, scored again in the 65th minute when Hodan pounced on a rebound in the box after Vince Cicciarelli hit the crossbar.
Goalkeeper Patrick Wall made five saves to blank the Lobos (14-6-2).