Tony Jones | September 13, 2017
Fresh off his first career hat trick on Sept. 8 at Boston College, University of Notre Dame men’s soccer senior forward Jon Gallagher was named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. Gallagher became the first Irish player to claim a weekly award from the conference office thus far in 2017, and was also included on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week in recognition of his performance.
Gallagher was the most outstanding player on the field in the opening ACC game of 2017 for both Notre Dame and Boston College, scoring three goals in just over 30 minutes of game action in a 3-1 victory for the #6 Irish in Newton, Massachusetts. Gallagher’s hat trick was just the second by a Notre Dame player in ACC play (Brandon Aubrey against Virginia Tech on Sept. 9, 2016), and only the third overall by an Irish player since the 2012 season.
Gallagher opened the game’s scoring by burying a curling free kick from just over 20 yards out under the crossbar in the right corner of the net for a 1-0 Notre Dame lead at 49:04. Great passing from Jack Casey and Sean Dedrick on the right flank allowed Gallagher a free run to the left post, where a leaping header deposited a Dedrick cross for Gallagher’s second of the night and a 2-0 advantage at 73:57.
Just over one minute after Boston College pulled within one goal at 2-1, Notre Dame won a free kick in nearly the same area that Gallagher previously scored from in the 50th minute. The senior tri-captain and MAC Hermann Trophy Award Watch List selection hit nearly a carbon copy bending strike inside the right post for his third and final goal of the night at 81:35. Gallagher led all players with six shot attempts on the night, including five on goal.