Prescod scores 2 as ND blanks WV
By CHRIS FEDERICO
The difference between the good teams and the average teams is that the good ones win the close games and the games they ought to win. The men's soccer team took another important step towards making this distinction Thursday with a 3-0 win over the West Virginia Mountaineers.
The game went scoreless for more than 65 minutes, and it appeared as if the Irish would endure another nail-biter. With 23 minutes and 50 seconds left to play, Devon Prescod took a pass from Chad Riley and put the ball through the net for the game's first goal.
It would open the gates for the Irish.
Just 10 minutes later, Prescod took another pass, this time from forward Erich Braun, and knocked in his second goal of the night. Coming into the game, Prescod had only one other goal in his career.
With just 5:29 remaining, Braun netted his seventh goal of the year off of an assist from Prescod. Braun, Notre Dame's leading scorer, has contributed a goal in every game the Irish have scored in. The solid Notre Dame defense recorded its second shutout of the year. The team got a strong performance from freshman goalkeeper Chris Sawyer, who earned his first collegiate shutout.
The victory starts the Irish off on the right foot on their push to make the Big East tournament. They improve to 3-2 in conference play with the victory and travel Sunday to play first-year Big East member Virginia Tech.
A win against the Hokies would put Notre Dame into a much safer position heading into the home stretch of its schedule. The Irish have seven games remaining, five of which are against Big East opponents, including defending national champion Connecticut.
Virginia Tech competed as an independent last season, and is playing in the Big East for the first time this year. The Hokies have gotten some solid victories this year, working to a 7-4 record with a 1-3 conference mark.
Notre Dame meets Virginia Tech at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Blacksburg, Va.
All Sports Stories for Friday, October 12, 2001