Notre Dame soccer vs. Toledo assessment: three studs, three duds

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09/11/2021; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Notre Dame football tight end Michael Mayer (87) scores in the first quarter against the Toledo Rockets at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The Notre Dame football team survived a disgruntled application from one of the best teams in the Mid-American Conference, Toledo, 31-29.

Saturday’s tilt with Toledo should help the Notre Dame soccer team prepare for the rest of 2021. However, it quickly turned into yet another struggle for survival. The Rockets played a sensational game and will likely battle it out for the MAC championship this season.

Major mistakes by Notre-Dame made Toledo’s sad dream come true. Kevin Austin and Michael Mayer’s incredible reception ability shattered those dreams in the last two minutes of the competition.

Ordinarily, a pick-six nearly causing a nuisance would land the quarterback on the duds list. Jack Coan made up for the mistake, however, by leading a game-winning drive. He even put a dislocated finger back in before giving the go-ahead.

That is a brave feat.

Unfortunately, two of this week’s three duds were also listed last week. More worryingly, both are likely to stay on this list in the near future. Should one or both units find their way this season, Notre Dame football fans should expect a double-digit campaign. If not, the Irish won’t live up to expectations.

The Fighting Irish return to the field against Purdue on Saturday 18th September. Notre Dame is currently a 7 point favorite over the Boilermakers. Purdue enters the competition 2-0 with wins over Oregon State and UCONN.

Without further ado, here are the mares and duds for week two – starting with the mares.