Notre Dame open spring with Columbus Crew draw


Defending national champions Notre Dame, which capped 2013 by hoisting a championship trophy in an MLS stadium, kicked off their spring exhibition season last week with a draw against an MLS club.

The Irish opened their spring slate with a 2-2 draw against the Columbus Crew last Wednesday morning behind two second half goals from Patrick Hodan and a penalty kick save from Pat Wall. The result was one of several good results for college soccer clubs in recent weeks against tough competition.

UCLA beat a reserve squad from Chivas USA 2-1 earlier in the week and followed that up with a 1-1 draw with USL PRO newcomers LA Galaxy II two days later. Maryland, which left for a spring break tour of England late last week, held a youth squad for Manchester United to a scoreless draw in their first match while Bucknell beat a Bolton Wanderers FC youth team 4-0 to go 2-1 on their England trip (they beat Shenfield Sports Academy and lost to Derby County’s youth side). Evansville finished their England tour with a 2-1 win over the youth team for Championship side AFC Bournemouth after a 1-0 loss to Strachan Football Foundation and a 1-1 draw to Loughborough University.

In other domestic friendlies with pro sides, UC Davis was the first college team to beat USL PRO newcomer Sacramento Republic with a 1-0 victory on Sunday. Sacramento had beaten Chico State, Sacramento State and UC Santa Barbara in previous matches.

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