Late penalty gives Notre Dame win over Mexico U-17 team


Sophomore defender Brandon Aubrey scored on a penalty kick in stoppage time to give Notre Dame a 2-1 win over the Mexico Under-17 national team on Friday night.

The penalty was set up by a dangerous Patrick Hodan cross into the box to Robby Gallegos, who was ruled to be fouled by Martin Rodriguez. Aubrey calmly put away the penalty to give the Irish their third straight win over a U-17 or U-20 team from Mexico.

Hodan had a great opportunity to open the scoring with a chance in front of goal that was cleared off the line by a defender in the 17th minute. Notre Dame controlled the tempo and possession for most of the first half, but substitutes for Mexico gave them some momentum in the second half as they were seeing more of the ball when the Notre Dame goal came.

The goal came off a fantastic run by Jon Gallagher in the 67th minute. Gallagher took a pass from Jeffrey Farina and blew past a defender into the box where he drove the ball into the net past a diving keeper.

Mexico came close to spoiling the night for the home side – the crowd of 3,292 at Alumni Stadium had quite a few Mexico fans as well – when Manuel Escoto scored off a scramble in front of the box.

The game was the second in Indiana for the Mexico U-17 in what has become an annual visit to the state from a Mexico youth team. Indiana beat the Mexico U-17s by an identical score line in Bloomington last Tuesday night. Notre Dame’s record against Mexico national teams is now 7-2-1.

Photo of Brandon Aubrey via The Observer

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