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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: 3 Big Soccer Wins

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

Leon Brown (9), pictured in last year's championship game, scored in #2 ND's 2-0 win over #8 UNC.
Leon Brown (9), pictured in last year's championship game, scored in #2 ND's 2-0 win over #8 UNC.
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Without further ado, we bring you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups.


No. 1 men's soccer (4-1-2) earned a big win on Friday night, demolishing no. 8 UNC, 2-0, before a sold out crowd at Alumni Stadium. The game's goals came from Jeffrey Farina late in the 1st half and Leon Brown midway through the 2nd, with Connor Klekota assisting on both, plus Jon Gallagher and Luke Mishu contributing on each respectively. The Tar Heels led in shots and Irish goalie Patrick Wall notched 6 saves. After allowing UNC to control the ball in the 1st half, Notre Dame took over in the 2nd.

Next up for the Irish is a home game vs. VCU on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET, WatchND). Friday, they host Boston College (7:30 p.m. ET, Watch ESPN).


No. 20/16 women's soccer (7-3-1) earned a huge 2-0 win over no. 2/3 Virginia Tech last Wednesday on the road. Second-half goals from Anna Maria Gilbertson (assisted by Karin Simonian) and Kaleigh Olmsted (assisted by Taylor Schneider) just 10 minutes apart brought the win home for the Irish, who broke Virginia Tech's 10-game winning streak. The Irish trailed the Hokies in shots, shots on goal, and corner kicks, but netminder Kaela Little made 5 saves.

Highlights from the women's soccer match vs. Virginia Tech, as well as the men's win over UNC.

Saturday, the Irish bested Wake Forest, 1-0, in Winston-Salem. Karin Simonian scored the game's lone goal less than 6 minutes into the game off a short service from Brittany Von Rueden. After holding off the Demon Deacons through the remaining time, that early set piece was enough for the Irish to claim the win. Notre Dame led in shots, shots on goal, and corners, and Little snagged 4 saves.

This Sunday, the Irish host no. 3/2 Virginia (1:00 p.m. ET, WatchND).


Volleyball (3-10) opened ACC play in Florida this past weekend against two tough squads. The Irish fell 3-0 to Miami in Coral Gables on Friday, then 3-0 to no. 6 FSU in Tallahassee on Sunday. Despite the sweep, Notre Dame looked strong against the Seminoles, taking the first set to 34-32 and earning 32 ties and 10 lead changes in the match.

The Irish host Syracuse this Friday (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND), then Duke on Sunday (1:00 p.m. ET, WatchND).


This past week, men's tennis split its play between 2 separate tournaments, the results of which are a bit too diffuse to recap helpfully here. The tournaments included the Crimson Tide Four-in-the-Fall in Tuscaloosa, AL, and the Vredevelt Invitational in Kalamazoo, MI. For results from day 1 of competition, when the Irish won 4 of 7 singles matches and 2 of 4 doubles matches, here's's recapHere are the full results and a day 2 recap of both tournaments. A recap from the final day of competition is available here.

The team continues play at the All-American Championships in Tulsa through this Sunday.

Women's tennis showcased some strong play amidst a tough set of matches as they host the season-opening Notre Dame Invitational this past weekend. Overall, Notre Dame won 4 of 15 singles matches and 1 of 7 doubles matches.

The Irish will compete at the All-American Invitational in Pacific Palisades, CA, through this Sunday.


Notre Dame's cross country team was idle this past week after claiming 1st (women) and 2nd (men) place finishes at the National Catholic Championships. Up next for the Irish is the Notre Dame Invitational beginning this Friday.


Irish men's golf was idle this past week and is currently hosting the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic at the Warren Golf Course through Tuesday. We'll bring you their results next week.

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


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


Irish hockey plays its first exhibition game this Sunday, hosting Waterloo at the Compton Family Ice Arena (5:05 p.m. ET, WatchND).

This Friday, women's swimming hits the pool as they host Michigan State in their season-opening dual meet.

Sunday, women's lacrosse plays Northwestern at Notre Dame's Arlotta Stadium (12:00 p.m. ET).

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