Tony Jones | September 6, 2017
A dream offensive start for University of Notre Dame men's soccer senior forward Jeff Farina continued to blossom on Saturday night. Farina drove home a feed from sophomore midfielder Jack Casey in the 84th minute to catapult the No. 9 Irish to a 1-0 win over Connecticut at Morrone Stadium.
Notre Dame (3-0-0) earned its first official road victory of 2017 in its return to UConn (1-2-0), a former fellow BIG EAST Conference member. The Irish picked up their first win in Storrs since the 2006 season against a game UConn squad, extending their win streak over the Huskies to three straight games overall since 2012.
A defensive stalemate spelled the opening 45 minutes, with UConn holding a 3-1 shots advantage at the end of the first half. Farina blasted a long try from just outside the 18-yard box that was turned away for a save at the horn. Farina's try was the only official shot on goal for either team in a first half that ended 0-0.
The Irish won a corner kick early in the second half after a run down the right wing cleared a path toward the UConn net. A looping service from Felicien Dumas at the flag was knocked out of danger by the Huskies defense.
Against the UConn march the Irish continued to press on, and Notre Dame's perseverance in the second half was finally rewarded in the 84th minute. Casey settled a service across from the left wing that found Farina waiting near the right post, and the Irish attacker blasted his fourth goal of the young season into the net at 83:43 for the 1-0 Notre Dame lead.
UConn continued to bring the offensive pressure, now trying to find the equalizer within the game's final five minutes. A header from just inside the 18 in the 90th minute flew wide of the right post and cemented the Notre Dame victory.