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ND students cheer Irish on to victory

first_imgJunior Pat Vinett, who transferred to Notre Dame from Wake Forest, returned to Winston-Salem, N.C. for Saturday’s game hoping for an Irish victory. Vinett said he was cautiously optimistic about Notre Dame’s chances, even more so than many of the Wake Forest fans he spoke to. “I know talking to kids down there, they were expecting to lose by like 40. I thought it was going to be pretty close, that we were going to underestimate the ACC,” Vinett said. “I knew we’d win, but I thought it’d be difficult.” Despite the Demon Deacons’ stadium being less than half the size of Notre Dame’s, Vinett said the level of excitement was impressive. “I ended up in the student section, so I don’t know about general admission, but compared to whenever I’ve been there before, it was really loud,” he said. “They had fireworks going when they scored, it was pretty good considering the size of the stadium. It was packed.” While it was a farther trip from South Bend than Purdue or Michigan, Vinett said the Notre Dame turnout was surprisingly large. “There were a ton of ND people,” he said. “I’m not going to say there were more ND people [than Wake Forest fans], but I’d say it was pretty even cheering.” Despite having a friend on the Wake Forest team, Vinett cheered for the Irish throughout. “I was cheering for ND the whole time,” he said. “My buddy’s one of the wide receivers [for Wake Forest] … I was happy when he was doing well, but I was happy ND won.” Vinett said the highlight of the game was senior receiver Michael Floyd’s third quarter touchdown. “It completely sucked the life out of the Wake student section,” he said. Sophomore Ashley Barraza turned down the long drive in favor of on-campus game watch and said she was expecting the Irish to quickly lock in a victory. “I thought the game was going to be a blowout,” she said. “I thought we were going to go in there and dominate, that they’d put it away in the first half like the Navy and Air Force games.” She said the decidedly less impressive victory was due to a series of minor errors. “I thought the two interceptions were pretty bad, especially the one where they were in Cover 3 [zone defense] and Tommy [Rees] threw it anyway,” she said. “Just a bunch of fundamental mistakes we could have avoided … Wake’s not that great a team so we could recover, but if it were a better team it could have cost us.” Junior Andy Boes was also confident in Notre Dame’s odds at the beginning of the game. “We’re athletically superior to them,” he said. “It was just a matter of how much we would win by.” After struggling in the first half, Boes said the defense coming together later in the game was crucial for the victory. “The defense came up with some plays that were pretty important,” he said. Boes said he was happy with the win, despite the close score. “I would have liked to see a bigger point differential, but a win’s a win,” he said. “I’m hoping next week it’s not as close as it was this weekend, but I’m glad we can continue with some momentum.”last_img read more

Football News David de Gea makes a record 11 saves as keeper, Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur

first_imgLondon: There were too many saves for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to even remember. Everyone else was certainly counting: Eleven. The most by any goalkeeper in a Premier League match this season. And they were all in the second half to thwart a Tottenham comeback. The Spaniard’s virtuoso goalkeeping performance protected a 1-0 victory in the Premier League on Sunday after Marcus Rashford’s first-half strike, giving United a sixth successive victory in all competitions since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho. “I said to David at halftime, ‘You might have to make a save here, you have to keep your concentration,'” Solskjaer said.  “He didn’t have to keep his concentration because he was never allowed to relax. He is a fantastic goalkeeper. I think he’s the best in the world.”                  Few would dispute that on Sunday as De Gea was masterful with his hands and feet, particularly frustrating efforts by Harry Kane and Dele Alli to equalize. “I don’t even remember some of them,” De Gea said, when asked for his favorite save. Rashford helped out his teammate. “The near-post save from the corner was the best one,” the striker said, alongside De Gea.    Read More | Lionel Messi scores ‘monstrous’ 400th goal, Barcelona extend advantageThat was in the 70th minute when Christian Eriksen’s corner was turned in at the near post by Toby Alderweireld and De Gea’s instinctive reaction saw the ball cleared with his left foot.       Read More |   Sunil Chhetri greater than Lionel Messi? India end 55-year pain”De Gea was unbelievable, and all credit to him,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “We weren’t clinical. And sometimes with less opportunities you score, but there’s no complaints.”  The only goal came in the 44th minute at Wembley Stadium after Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier gave the ball away. Paul Pogba sent a long, high diagonal pass to Rashford who controlled the ball with one touch and then sent it low beyond goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.       By passing his first significant test, Solskjaer strengthened his bid to keep the manager’s job into next season.  In particular, he got the better of Pochettino, who has been considered the favorite to be hired as Mourinho’s permanent successor. Although still third in the standings, Tottenham has now lost back-to-back league home games and top-scorer Harry Kane limped off at the end.              United is yet to rise from sixth under Solskjaer but the record 20-time English champion is now only behind Arsenal on goal difference and six points adrift of Chelsea in the fourth and final Champions League place.          And the mood has been transformed at United since Mourinho was fired and former fans’ favorite Solskjaer was brought in on loan from Norwegian side Molde. “The manager brought some happiness, the players are playing well and the team is very strong now,” De Gea said. “This is the real Manchester United.”   For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more