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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Men’s Soccer is #1, Hockey Sweeps

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

Eric Johnson & Thomas DiPauli celebrate this past March. The Irish swept Niagara over the weekend.
Eric Johnson & Thomas DiPauli celebrate this past March. The Irish swept Niagara over the weekend.
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Without further ado, we bring you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups.

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No. 1 men's soccer (9-4-2, 5-1-1) split their last week's matches, first falling to no. 8 Indiana on the road, 1-0, then defeating Virginia Tech, 3-1. The lone goal by the Hoosiers came early, and they outshot the Irish, 31-10.

Against Virginia Tech, the Irish had goals from Matt Habrowski in the 23rd minute, Patrick Hodan in the 66th, and Jon Gallagher in the 88th. Notre Dame controlled the ball throughout much of the first half and into the second, outshooting the Hokies 16-6 and leading in shots on goal, 8-1, and corners, 6-4.

Next, the Irish host Michigan State on Wednesday night (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). Saturday, they travel to face Pittsburgh (7:00 p.m. ET).

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No. 9/7 women's soccer (12-4-1, 7-2) earned 2 close home wins over the past week, first besting no. 20 Clemson, 1-0, then defeating Louisville, 1-0. The golden goal vs. the Tigers came from forward Lauren Bohaboy in the 27th minute. The Irish edged their opponent in shots, shots on goal, and corners.

Bohaboy brought home the Irish win again vs. Louisville, heading in a cross by forward Kaleigh Olmsted in the 9th minute of the match. The win over the Cardinals clinched the Irish a berth in the ACC Championship tournament in November.

This Saturday, the Irish face Boston College on the road (7:00 p.m. ET).

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Irish hockey (4-2-0) swept Niagara in their weekend series in two high-scoring games. On Friday night, ND earned a 6-3 victory behind goals from Sam Herr (2g), Robbie Russo (2g), Peter Schneider, and Dawson Cook. The 1st period put the Irish ahead by 4; then Niagara threatened in the 2nd, netting 2 while holding the Irish scoreless. In the 3rd period, Niagara made it 4-3 before Cook put ND back up by 2. Niagara scored once more in the 14th minute to make it 5-4, but couldn't tie it up before Russo put a 6th in an empty net. With Chad Katunar back in goal, ND led in shots, 36-27, but again went 0-for-4 on power plays.

Saturday night, with Cal Peterson manning the goal, ND blanked their opponent in a 7-0 win. Three of the Irish goals came on power plays - their 1st of the season - one came short-handed, and each came from a different player: Vince Hinostroza (ppg), Connor Hurley, Mario Lucia, Sam Herr, Steven Fogarty (ppg), Jake Evans (ppg), and Anders Bjork (shg) all scored. Notre Dame again led in shots on goal, 39-23, and went 3-for-9 on power plays, burying 3 in the net in both the 1st and 2nd periods. They held Niagara scoreless on all of their 7 power plays.

The Irish next host Vermont this Friday (8:05 p.m. ET, NBC Sports, WatchND) and Saturday (7:05 p.m. ET, NBC Sports).

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Volleyball (5-16) lost their two weekend road matches, first falling to Virginia Tech in 3 sets (27-25, 25-20, 25-16) and then fighting to a tough 5-set loss vs. Virginia (25-23, 22-25, 15-25, 33-31, 15-8).

The Irish host Georgia Tech this Friday (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND), then play at Boston College on Sunday (12:00 p.m. ET).

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Irish women's golf competed in the Landfall Traditional in Wilmington, NC, this past weekend, coming in 3rd overall and besting 8 top-25 ranked teams (290-292-289=871, +7). Senior Ashley Armstrong tied for 8th overall (215, -1) and sophomore Jordan Ferreira tied for 16th (218, +2). The Irish are finished for the fall season and return to action at the end of February.

Irish men's squad finished up their fall schedule at the Bridgestone Invitational this past weekend in Greensboro, NC. The Irish finished 13th overall (305-295-303=903, +39), just one stroke behind Marquette; North Carolina, Greensboro, finished in the top spot (849). ND freshman Thomas Steve tied for 27th overall. The Irish returns to the tee box at the end of February.

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Both men's and women's swimming and diving were idle this past week and next hosts Purdue this weekend.

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Men's tennis was idle this past week and next heads to the ITA National Indoor Championships in Flushing, NY, beginning November 6th.

Women's tennis was also idle this past week. Next up for the squad are the ITA National Indoor Championships and the Western Michigan Invitational beginning November 7th.

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Notre Dame cross country was idle this past week, but heads to the ACC Championships this Friday in Charlottesville, VA (ESPN3).

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Men's basketball opens exhibition play with a match vs. Minnesota Duluth at Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon (2:00 p.m. ET, WatchND).

We'll bring you updates next week on Notre Dame's Olympic sports. For now, go Irish. Beat Navy and everybody else.