KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It didn’t take long for Notre Dame (Ohio) to win its first NCAA tournament game. With a 3-0 victory against Drury (Mo.) on Friday, the Falcons advanced to the second round in the NCAA tournament.
NDC received two goals from junior midfielder Tom Owens and one goal from senior defender Jacob Sheppard. The Falcons allowed just one shot on goal in the match, and all three Notre Dame goals came in the final 35 minutes of play.
Notre Dame came out of the gate strong, controlling extended possessions and applying pressure to the Drury (12-5-2) defense. The Falcons outshot the Panthers 5-1 and Notre Dame recorded the only shot on goal in the opening 45 minutes.
In the second half, NDC came out playing well and setting the pace of the match. In the 58th minute, the Falcons finally found the back of the net when Jacob Sheppard headed one past Drury goalkeeper Blake Andrews on an assist from Erik Beattie for a 1-0 NDC lead.
That would remain the game’s only marker until the 81st minute, when Tom Owens netted a goal on an 18-yard bullet. Owens would score again less than two minutes later, when at 82:01, he planted a rebound off his own penalty kick. Owens’ goal sealed the victory with a 3-0 win.
NDC moves on to face the Midwest No. 1-seed Rockhurst (15-2-2) on Sunday.