The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Irish Soccer is Rolling

So many teams to cheer for. So much Fighting Irish. - fishoutofwater

The Irish earned wins this past week in women’s soccer, men’s soccer, and men’s tennis.

Without further ado, we bring you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups.

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Soccer: The no. 5/3 women's team (9-1-0, 5-0 ACC) conquered ACC foe no. 21/22 Maryland in a convincing 5-0 performance last Thursday. Sophomore Cari Roccaro earned her first career hat trick on the night and the first for a Notre Dame player against a ranked opponent since 2006. The Irish led in shots (15-5), shots on goal (9-1), and corner kicks (2-0).


Sunday, Notre Dame claimed a 3-0 victory over Pittsburgh, once again with Roccaro at the helm: the forward scored one goal and assisted in the two others. Once again, the Irish out shot their opponent (32-3!) and led in both shots on goal (13-1) and corner kicks (7-1).

The Irish next face Wake Forest on Thursday evening (7:00 p.m. ET) at home.

The no. 2 men's team (4-0-3, 2-0-2 ACC) rallied to beat Duke, 3-1, on Friday with two goals in the final three minutes of the game. After a scoreless first half, Patrick Hodan broke the second half's 1-1 tie in the 88th minute to put the Irish up, 2-1. The Irish led the Blue Devils in shots (17-6) and corner kicks (6-3).


Wednesday, the Irish battle Indiana at home (7:00 p.m. ET). They then travel to Coral Gables on Sunday to play Miami.

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Volleyball: The Irish (6-7) had a rough weekend, dropping matches to no. 14 North Carolina, 3-0, and North Carolina State, 3-1, to open ACC play. Against the Tar Heels, the Irish hit well and played fairly error-free, but gave up 13 aces in 3 sets. Notre Dame had a strong showing in the third set, where they earned 8 ties amidst 4 lead changes before falling, 25-22. Against the Wolfpack, the Irish fell to a dominating rally after claiming the first set in convincing fashion.

Wednesday, the Irish take on Duke at home (7:00 p.m. ET). They play Wake Forest at home on Saturday evening (7:00 p.m. ET).

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The men's tennis team sent four athletes to the ITA All-American Championships this past weekend and play continues through this coming Sunday. Quentin Monaghan advanced in his first round of qualifying singles play on Monday. Sunday, Ryan Bandy fell in the third round of pre-qualifying singles play and Eric Schnurrenberger fell in the second round of pre-qualifying singles play after winning their opening matches. Greg Andrews begins play later this week.

The Irish continue play in the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa from now through Sunday. The Notre Dame-hosted Bobby Bayliss Invitational begins on Sunday.

The women's team was idle this past week but competes in the ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades starting today (Tuesday) and continuing through Sunday.

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Irish cross country was idle this past week but hosts the Notre Dame Invitational this Friday.

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The women's golf team was idle this past week and next heads to the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill from October 11th-13th.

The men's golf team was also idle this past week and next competes in the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate tournament on the weekend of October 14th.

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Irish softball competes with Heartland Community College and UIC this Saturday in a double-header in Chicago beginning at noon.

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The season is not yet upon us, but Irish hockey plays an exhibition match against Guelph at the Compton Family Ice Arena this Sunday at 5:05 p.m. ET.

From Irish hockey's media day Monday, on the move from the CCHA to Hockey East:


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Finally, for those of you looking forward to Irish basketball, a look at the men's team's first practice from NDFIDM:


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We'll bring you updates again next week on the Notre Dame Olympic sports and help you to root for the Irish beyond those long-awaited and well-loved fall Saturdays. For now, go Irish. Beat Arizona State and everybody else.

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