There was a time when Notre Dame was one of the most important soccer programs in the country. It is not based on history, it is not based on the recognition of names, it is not based on the support of the fans, but it was one of the most important programs in the nation for what it achieved on the soccer field.
I started watching college football when I was 10 years old in northwest Ohio, and my first memories are of the Notre Dame national championship season, which is 12-0.
I remember seeing Notre Dame finish the streak of 36 consecutive victories in the Miami regular season.
I remember that Miami (Fla.) Went from 73-4 during the regular season from 1986 to 1992, and I remember that half of those losses went to Notre Dame.
I remember a stretch from 1988 to 1993 in which Notre Dame went 64-9-1, a stretch in which the Irish Fighting went 17-3 against the 10 best opponents, including a 5-1 record in the main bowls. The Bowl's only loss was a 10-9 loss to Colorado in the 1991 Orange Bowl.
I'm still looking for the block in the back, but I'm rambling.
Notre Dame's record of 12-1 and No. 2 in the national final in 1993, a season in which he gave the national champion the state of Florida his only defeat, was the last time Notre Dame was truly a powerhouse. national. It was the last time Notre Dame went against an elite opponent and took a victory.