Patrick Hodan Factors Big in Notre Dame's First Men's Division I Soccer Championship

Scores 2 goals in a 2-0 Semi Final and earns All Tournament Honors

Former Wisconsin USSDA standout Patrick Hodan scored 2 goals for Notre Dame in their NCAA Division I College Cup Semi Final match against New Mexico on Friday, December 13th. Hodan, an All Tournament team selectee, then played the full ninety minutes in the NCAA Division I Championship match on Sunday December 15th in Chester, PA.

Holding on to win 2-1 over the final four perennial Maryland Terrapins, Hodan and hisFighting Irish teammates earned long serving coach Bobby Clark and the University of Notre Dame their very 1st National Championship Title in Men's Soccer. For more on the Irish's win, click here.

It is fitting that Hodan, just a sophomore, would win the ultimate prize at the college level. Winning is simply a habit he has been in since his playing days as a youth. After joining the club at U12, Hodan won a U13 WYSA (club) Championship. a 5v5 Regional Indoor title, a 3v3 National Title, a WIAA State Championship, and Gatorade Player year among other individual awards.

"Having coached Patrick at the U12,and U13 levels, I can testify to the unique inner drive, and competitive and technical focus that he possessed on the field both in training and games, even at a very young age," remarked FC Wisconsin Coach Chris McCreary. "Patrick was among the players that led by example not just in terms of his clear willingness to work tirelessly on his own time, but also through his willingness to be professional in his approach. Let's just say he was always willing to test the limits for the sake of winning whatever game or training activity in which he was competing. Patrick was a master gamesman who never liked to lose-anything," reflected McCreary.

Hodan joins Leslie Osborne, who won a NCAA Women's Title with Santa Clara, as the club's NCAA Division I National Championship winners.

Congratulations Patrick, the club couldn't be more proud!