September 13, 2016
NO. 1 CHALLENGE
UConn Huskies take Fighting Irish to OT before falling
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- UConn menís team pushed No. 1-ranked Notre Dame nearly to the limit in falling, 1-0, in extra time at Alumni Stadium Tuesday night.
The Huskies (3-3-0) gave up a 103rd-minute goal to Jon Gallagher in the teamsí first meeting since they were members of the Big East Conference in 2012.
The Fighting Irish (6-0-0) outshot UConn, 18-8, the Huskies producing several threats, including one shot on goal.
In the sixth minute, Jake Nerwinski pushed a left-footed 20-yarder wide left. In the 25th minute, Nerwinski laid off to Kwame Awuah, his shot saved by Chris Hubbard. In the 37th minute, Nick Zuniga took a pass from Nerwinski and found freshman Niko Petridis at the top of the penalty area, the shot blocked.
The Huskies had a look in the 61st minute off a Sebastian Bremsí in-swinging corner that was knocked away.
Scott Levene, who made four saves, came off his line to knock away a through ball in the 72nd minute.
Five minutes into overtime, Brems picked off a pass and charged in, attempting a cross that was blocked. Alex Sanchez had the Huskiesí best look, blasting a shot wide from 24 yards.
Gallagher decide the game with a run up the right flank before finishing near post for his fifth goal of the season.