Notre Dame men's soccer: Irish take tourney

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Senior forward Leon Brown scored two goals in less than 20 minutes as No. 7 Notre Dame beat Southern Methodist at the final day of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic at Bill Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.

UCLA’s 1-0 overtime win over No. 1 Indiana in Sunday’s second match gave Notre Dame its second straight adidas/IU Credit Union Classic title.

The Irish and Bruins both finished 1-0-1, but Notre Dame won on the tiebreaker of goals scored. It is the third IU Classic title for the Irish in 14 all-time appearances. Notre Dame also won in 1993.

Brown scored in Sunday’s fifth minute when he took three dribbles in the center of the field and put his shot into the back of the net from 25 yards out.

“We played very well in the first half and could have been up by more,” Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark said. “Leon scored two very good goals, but we also missed some chances.”

The second tally arrived in the 20th minute when Patrick Hodan sent a low cross into the box and Brown deposited the ball from eight yards away.

Notre Dame (1-0-1) outshot SMU 9-1 in the first half and led 2-0 at intermission.

Notre Dame opens its home schedule and inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference slate Sunday at noon versus No. 4 North Carolina.

All-Tournament Team

Notre Dame: Nick Besler, Patrick Wall, Leon Brown, Andrew O’Malley, UCLA: Brian Iloski, Jordan Vale, Victor Chavez; Indiana: Tommy Thompson, Patrick Doody, Indiana; SMU: Jaime Ibarra, Damian Rosales.