Notre Dame Men's Soccer | Aug. 21, 2013 | Notre Dame Athletics
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Every season presents new challenges and excitement, but the 2013 Notre Dame men's soccer campaign brings obstacles on multiple fronts for a squad that is coming off one of the top seasons in team history. The Fighting Irish will look to replace two first team All-Americans, who were among a solid group of experienced veterans, all while navigating their first season in arguably the nation's top conference - the ACC.
Notre Dame's 2012 resume is an impressive one. The Fighting Irish captured the most wins since 1988 (17-4-1), won the program's third BIG EAST Championship crown and garnered the top seed in the NCAA Championship for the first time. Notre Dame's 52 goals were the most since 1994 and departed forward Ryan Finley was responsible for 21 of those scores. Finley garnered first team All-America honors in addition to being the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy. Midfielder Dillon Powers, a two-time team captain, also copped first team All-America accolades before joining Finley as a first-round pick in the MLS SuperDraft.