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Oct. 28, 2013 Issue

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ND Sports Tying Irish Search For Finishing Touch played. But it's frustrating because it feels like a loss." unior Vince Cicciarelli's header apNotre Dame opened up a 1-0 lead peared destined to end a 1-1 tie with in the first half on a goal from junior Northwestern on a cold, rainy October defender Max Lachowecki. The Irish night in South Bend. Cicciarelli's re- controlled the pace in the second half direction came less than as well, but a strong indi10 yards away from the vidual effort from Northgoalmouth with less than western sophomore Cole a minute to play in the Missimo tied the score for first overtime, but a wellgood in the 50th minute. placed Wildcat defender Shipp led Notre Dame volleyed it with his own with eight shots — three forehead out of harm's of them on net and most way. The game ended 11 of them after Missimo's minutes later in the fifth goal — but none found a draw of the year for Notre way past the Wildcats deDame. Senior Harrison Shipp, Notre fense. As a team, the Irish No school among the Dame's leading scorer, recorded outshot Northwestern top 50 programs in Divi- eight shots, but failed to connect 19-2 after halftime, but sion I soccer has tied more on any of his attempts in a 1-1 couldn't capitalize on the games this season than tie with Northwestern Oct. 15. deluge of chances. No. 2 Notre Dame. The photo courtesy notre dame media relations That's been the story in Irish (7-0-5, 4-0-3 in ACC play) remain most of the team's five draws so far undefeated three quarters of the way this season. Notre Dame outshot its opthrough their regular season. But the ponents 101-41 in ties with No. 1 North steady stream of sister-kissers is start- Carolina, No. 9 UCLA, No. 5 Maryland ing to frustrate an Irish team that's hav- and Boston College, but managed only ing trouble finishing. four goals in that span. "Today feels like a loss," captain HarWins against three top-10 teams rison Shipp said following the game would no doubt have catapulted the against No. 15 Northwestern Oct. 15. Irish to the top of the national RPI "Games like this where we tie, all the rankings. Instead, the Irish are sevgames we tie seems like we've had the enth in that category and second in upper hand. That's, I guess, a good the coaches' poll. Teams are awarded thing in a way. I'd rather be outplay- three points in the ACC standings for a ing teams and tying than getting out- win in soccer and one point for a draw. By Dan Murphy J

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