Without further ado, we bring you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups.
Soccer: The no. 7/4 women's team (7-1-0, 3-0 ACC) conquered ACC foe Syracuse, 1-0, this past weekend with the game's lone goal reaching the back of the net with just 3 seconds left on the game clock. Junior defender Sammy Scofield headed in a deflected free kick to secure the home victory. The Irish led the Orange in total shots (19-4), shots on goal (7-2), and corners (8-2).
They face Maryland at home on Friday (7:00 p.m. ET) and Pittsburgh on Sunday (1:00 p.m. ET). If you're on campus for the football game, stop by Alumni Stadium to cheer for women's soccer.
The no. 1 men's team (3-0-3, 1-0-2 ACC) wrecked the Michigan Wolverines with a 3-0 victory over the weekend. Senior Harrison Shipp scored on the first Notre Dame shot of the match. The Irish relied on goalkeeper Patrick Wall for 8 crucial saves and were fortunate to keep the Wolverines scoreless. They drew a 1-1 tie with Boston College on Monday in a game that saw both teams take just 3 shots on goal. The Irish did claim the advantage in total shots, 17-5, but couldn't capitalize, even playing a man up for the last 50 minutes of the game.
Saturday, the Irish battle Duke at home (7:30 p.m. ET). If you're around for Oklahoma, be sure to catch the evening's soccer match.
Volleyball: The Irish (6-5) went 1-2 over the past weekend at the Kansas Invitational. After claiming a 3-1 win over North Dakota State, they lost to Georgia, 3-1, behind a late and incomplete rally, and to Kansas, 3-1, in a well-played and tightly contested match.
The Irish face North Carolina on Saturday evening and North Carolina State on Sunday, both on the road.
The women's golf team earned a strong 7th place finish in a field of 17 at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship in Knoxville this past weekend. They next head to the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill on October 11th-13th.
The men's golf team finished the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic yesterday in a solid 7th place overall in a field of 13. They next compete in the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate tournament on the weekend of October 14th.
The women's team began fall play at the Wolverine Invitational and the Ball State Fall Invitational this weekend. In Ann Arbor, the Irish claimed 3 of 4 doubles matches v. Michigan, 4 of 4 v. Tulane, and 2 of 4 v. Purdue; 5 of 7 singles matches v. DePaul, 6 of 7 v. ASU, 6 of 8 v. Purdue, and 6 of 7 v. Tulane. At Ball State, they won 7 of 11 singles matches and 2 of 4 doubles matches. All in all, a fine weekend for the Irish.
The men's tennis team was inactive this past week but resumes play in the ITA All-American Championships and the Bobby Bayliss Invitational this weekend.
Irish cross country swept the Notre Dame-hosted National Catholic Championships this past Friday in a field of 38 Catholic universities and colleges, claiming wins for both teams and the women's individual title. The top 3 spots of the women's race and the six spots behind first for the men's race went to the Irish. Senior Kelly Curran claimed first among the women in a field of 298, running the 5K course in 17:17.9. In the men's 5 mile race, in a field of 260, Notre Dame's Jake Kildoo and Michael Clevenger tied for 2nd with a time of 25:05.4 behind Loyola's Sam Penzenstadler (24:55.4).
The Irish next compete in the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, October 4th.
If you're in town for the ND-Oklahoma game this weekend, consider heading over to Melissa Cook Stadium for theNotre Dame Celebrity Slow-Pitch Game against the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) on Sunday (September 29) at noon. The $5 admission fee benefits the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. Joining in the game will be basketball coach Mike Brey, hockey coach Jeff Jackson, baseball coach Mik Aoki, and softball coach Deanna Gumpf. Former ND student-athletes will participate as well, plus Paqui Kelly and other familiar Notre Dame and South Bend faces.
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 Oklahoma and everybody else.