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Pioneers rally to tie Irish

September 9, 2011 | 10:15 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

DU scored twice in the second half to tie No. 11 Notre Dame 2-2 on a rainy Friday evening at Notre Dame’s Alumni Stadium.

“Our group showed a lot of character to come back from two down against a quality team in Notre Dame,” head coach Bobby Muuss said. “Like Creighton, they are an opponent that can certainly be playing the last weekend of the season. We scored two good goals and created some good chances in the second half and overtimes. It was an exciting game that saw 19 shots for both teams, and again I’m really proud of our players for their effort. All our focus is now on an excellent Indiana team we face on Sunday.”

After two goals by the Irish in the first half, momentum shifted to the Pioneers (0-1-2) in the second half, as Denver controlled much of the possession in its offensive zone, earning all nine of its corner kicks after the break.

Freshman midfielder Brian Hoyt gave the Pioneers their first goal of the season during the 51st minute, finding the back of the net from 17 yards out off an assist from forward Kellan Christensen.

With less than 13 minutes to play, midfielder Drew Beckie headed in the equalizer after forward Matt Kirby served a cross to the center of the box.

Notre Dame (1-1-1), which received goals from Chris Sutton in the 21st minute and Danny O’Leary in the 31st minute, had a chance in the second overtime, when Kyle Richard drilled the crossbar with just 2:55 remaining.

The Pioneers conclude the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament against No. 6 Indiana (3-0-1) on Sunday. The Hoosiers beat Bucknell 3-2 in the first game of the tournament on Friday.

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