Tony Jones | September 20, 2017
A game effort from Bowling Green nearly sent the visitors out of Alumni Stadium with a result on Tuesday night. The host University of Notre Dame men’s soccer team had other plans, as goals from Jon Gallagher and Thomas Ueland were the difference for the No. 1 Irish in a 2-1 victory against the Falcons in nonconference play.
Notre Dame (6-0-0) improved to 4-0 at Alumni Stadium thus far in 2017, winning its first official home midweek contest of the current season. The Irish outshot Bowling Green (5-3-0) by an 18-7 count for the game, including a 6-2 edge in shots on goal. Notre Dame also attempted a season-high 13 corner kicks to just four corners for the Falcons.
Even play for both sides dictated the first 20 minutes of action with Bowling Green holding an early 2-1 shots advantage before Notre Dame found the scoreboard. Gallagher notched his fifth goal of the season in the 21st minute, slotting home a great service by way of Jack Casey and Blake Townes for the 1-0 Notre Dame lead at 20:15.
Bowling Green looked to break on the counter attack less than one minute later, as Chris Brennan got a shot loose from distance toward the Notre Dame frame. Irish goalkeeper Chris Hubbard was on the scene to make the save.
With under five minutes remaining in the opening half, the Irish nearly took a commanding two-goal lead off the boot of Kyle Dedrick. Dedrick uncorked a wicked right-footed blast from the top of the 18-yard box that caromed off the right post and out of danger for the Bowling Green back line.
A spirited beginning to the second half for Bowling Green was rewarded with an equalizer in the 51st minute. Keaton Reynolds flicked the ball along up the middle of the pitch for a streaking Brennan, who buried his fourth goal of the season on the run into the right of the Notre Dame net at 50:42 to tie the game at 1-1.