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College Cup 2013 - New Mexico vs. Notre Dame Player Ratings - By Chris Teale

CHESTER, PA — December 13 - Notre Dame secured a comfortable 2-0 win over New Mexico in their first ever College Cup game thanks to a double from Patrick Hodan.

Here’s how the players performed at a bitterly cold PPL Park:

 

New Mexico

 

Michael Lisch (GK): Looked solid when called upon, but was powerless to stop his side conceding on both occasions.6/10

Matthew Gibbons (D): Like his colleagues at the back, he struggled to deal with the continuing threat of Harrison Shipp and could not quite assert himself as effectively as he would have liked.5/10

Kyle Venter (D): One of the top MLS SuperDraft prospects, Venter provided a calming presence for his fellow defenders and was perhaps the best at dealing with Shipp. 7/10

Nick Miele (D): Seemed to relish the physical challenge, but seemed powerless at times to prevent Notre Dame’s strong attacks.5/10

Riley McGovern (D): Looked frustrated at times as he showed some good pace but could not couple that with many good crosses into the box. 5/10

Ben McKendry (M): Showed some flashes of trickery but struggled to have much of an impact on proceedings after a bright start.6/10

Michael Kafari (M): Will be disappointed he could not have done more in the game, but he did well in breaking up play and keeping Notre Dame at bay.7/10

Michael Calderon (M): Struggled to assert himself at times in the midfield but found himself bypassed by much of the play.5/10

Christopher Wehan (M): Took a knock in the first half, but recovered to have a decent game, even managing to get some shots away.7/10

James Rogers (F): Showed great trickery and pace, but was dealt with well by the Notre Dame defenders, to his obvious frustration. Picked up a caution in the second half.6/10

Niko Hansen (F): Had some early shots on goal but was also handled well by the Fighting Irish throughout.5/10

Subs

Oniel Fisher (D): Came on in the first half to shore up the defense, and while the first half was difficult he looked much-improved in the second period. 6/10

Nick Rochowski (D): Brought on as a substitute by the Lobos and did well to reinforce their struggling backline.6/10

James Wypych (M): Joined the match as a sub for New Mexico but struggled to turn the tide of Notre Dame pressure.5/10

 

Notre Dame

 

Patrick Wall (GK): Saved well when required, but in truth had little to do as his defenders handled most of the pressure that New Mexico exerted.7/10

Connor Miller (D): Playing at left-back, Miller was helpful in launching his team’s attacks while also looking solid defensively.7/10

Andrew O’Malley (D): Played well defensively and was crucial in limiting Rogers’ impact in particular.8/10

Grant Van De Casteele (D): Was superb in the air and otherwise worked well in partnership with O’Malley.8/10

Luke Mishu (D):  Was somewhat overshadowed by his defensive colleagues, but looked solid when called upon and was helpful in launching attacking play.6/10

Connor Klekota (M): Tackled well in the middle and did well to stifle New Mexico’s midfield threat.7/10

Nick Besler (M): Gave everything as he never stopped running throughout the game, and was helpful in preventing the Lobos from gaining a foothold in the midfield.5/10

Evan Panken (M): Took a knock but recovered well, showcasing some good trickery and attacking play.7/10

Patrick Hodan (M): Finished well for both his goals, and was critical in linking the Notre Dame midfield with the forwards.9/10

Harrison Shipp (F): Enjoyed a superb game as he dominated proceedings for the Fighting Irish, setting up Hodan twice and maintaining a high threat throughout.9/10

Vince Ciccarelli (F): Linked up well with Shipp and was crucial in holding the ball up to allow his teammates to continue their attacks.7/10

Subs

Leon Brown (F):  Was first introduced in both halves for Evan Panken 5/10


Chris Teale is a contributing writer for College Soccer News and is reporting from the College Cup at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. You can reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow him on Twitter @chris_teale.