Notre Dame tops Mexico U20s in spring finale; Akron freshman scores a stunner
Reigning national champions Notre Dame ended their spring season with an exclamation point on Friday night, topping the Mexico Under-20 team 3-2 with an 85th-minute winner from Patrick Hodan.
The Irish hosted the Mexico youth team for the ninth straight year and pushed their record to 6-2-1 against the youth squad of the U.S. team’s biggest rivals. More than 4,000 tickets were sold for the match, which gave Notre Dame a 7-1-1 record for the spring exhibition slate as freshman Matt Habrowski scored off a free kick from Hodan in the first half and Vince Cicciarelli added a second goal in the 72nd minute.
Mexico rebounded with a 3-0 win over Indiana at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis two days later. All three of Mexico’s goals came in the second half against the 2012 College Cup champions, which lost to Mexico 1-0 a year ago and saw their record in the series drop to 2-6. The loss was a disappointing end for the spring for a team that has fallen on hard times since hoisting the College Cup trophy in 2012. The Hoosiers lost 3-1 to Indy Eleven, 1-0 to Notre Dame and drew Butler 1-1 in spring play for a 0-3-1 record.
In other spring season action, Akron newcomer Richmond Laryea unleashed an absolute stunner in a game against Xavier that was fortunately captured on video. Check it out below:
The game ended in a 1-1 draw, giving the Zips a 2-2-1 record for the spring and Xavier a 3-0-2 record. The Musketeer defense was particularly stingy in the spring, going 360 minutes without conceding a goal before Laryea’s strike.