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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Men's Soccer Draws, Cross Country Wins

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The Fighting Irish earned wins this past week in volleyball, men’s tennis, and cross country.

Patrick Hodan scored the lone goal for #4 Irish men's soccer vs. #5 Virginia.
Patrick Hodan scored the lone goal for #4 Irish men's soccer vs. #5 Virginia.
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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. 4 men's soccer (3-1-2) earned a 1-1 draw vs. no. 5 Virginia on Sunday afternoon. The Irish scored 1st, claiming a lead in the 61st minute off of a Patrick Hodan penalty kick. The Cavaliers' equalizer came in the 68th minute from 10 yards when the Irish opponent was down a man. Notre Dame created a number of great opportunities both in regulation and overtime, but couldn't put any more in the net. Notre Dame led in shots and shots on goal (16-11, 5-3).


Next up for the Irish is a home game vs. North Carolina on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET, Watch ESPN).

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No. 18/12 women's soccer (5-3-1) fought valiantly against no. 9/8 North Carolina on Saturday, ultimately falling in 2OT to the Tar Heels, 3-2. The Irish opened strong in the home match, earning an early 2-goal lead, but UNC tied things up midway through the 2nd half. The Irish goals came from midfielder Morgan Andrews on a 30th-minute penalty kick and midfielder Taylor Klawunder 10 minutes later, off an assist from Andrews. UNC led in shots and shots on goal (18-10, 8-4), and Irish netminder Kaela Little had 5 saves.


This Thursday, the Irish face Virginia Tech on the road, then travel to play Wake Forest on Sunday.

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Irish volleyball (3-8) claimed a winning record this weekend, going 2-1 against its opponents at the Purdue Active Ankle Challenge. Notre Dame bested Morehead State, 3-2, then overcame Saint Louis, 3-1, to sweep their Friday matches. No. 11 Purdue conquered the Irish, 3-0, in the Sunday final.

The Irish face Miami this Friday on the road, then Florida State on Sunday in Tallahassee.

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Irish men's golf competed in the Windon Memorial in Chicago this past weekend. After holding steady in 6th place through Sunday, the Irish stumbled on the final day of competition, finishing in 11th place in a field of 15. Matt Rushton finished at the top of ND's leader board, tying for 14th.

This weekend, the team hosts the Fighting Irish Gridiron Gold Classic at the Warren Golf Course.

The women's golf team was idle this past week. Next up for the Irish is the Schooner Fall Classic in Norman the first weekend of October.

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Notre Dame's cross country team hosted the National Catholic Championships this past weekend. The women's squad came in 1st overall for the 8th year in a row and the men came in 2nd, behind only Canisius in a field of 38 schools. Notre Dame's Molly Seidel and Jake Kildoo claimed victories in the women's & men's 5,000 meter races, and their teammates claimed 8 of the other top-ten spots between the two events.


Up next for the Irish is the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational the weekend of 17 October.

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This weekend, men's tennis began its fall season on the road at the Farnsworth Ivy Plus and the Fighting Illini Invitational. At the latter, Junior Quentin Monaghan beat Illinois's no. 6 ITA-ranked player, 6-1, 6-1. The Irish performance overall at the two tournaments was mixed, but a winning one more often than not.

The team next heads to Kalamazoo, Tuscaloosa, and Tulsa this weekend to compete at the Vredevelt Invitational, the Crimson Tide Four in the Fall, and the All-American Championships.

Irish women's tennis gets back to it this weekend as they host their season-opening Notre Dame Invitational.

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Irish rowing was idle this past week and next competes in the Head of the Charles tournament in Cambridge, MA, on 19 October.

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