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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Wins for Men’s & Women’s Soccer

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

Irish goalie Patrick Wall makes a save in last year's championship match.
Irish goalie Patrick Wall makes a save in last year's championship match.
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

As noted last week, The Week in Notre Dame Athletics exists to bring you updates on how all of Notre Dame's Olympic sports fare each week.

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

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No. 2 men's soccer (2-1-1) rolled over Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon, earning a 4-1 victory. Goals came from Leon Brown, Evan Panken, and Vince Cicciarelli, with assists from Panken, Nick Besler, and Jeffrey Farina; the fourth tally was deemed an own goal when Connor Klekota's shot deflected off of a defender. Dartmouth had three shots on goal and Irish netminder Patrick Wall had two saves.

At the half, Notre Dame was presented with a $200,000 check after Irish men's athletics won the 2014 Capital One Cup. There was a similar presentation during the football game, as well.

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Representatives from ND's men's athletics programs receiving the Capital One Cup. Photo: Capital One

Congratulations to the Irish for that.

Monday evening, the Irish were dealt a cruel last-second blow when Kentucky claimed a 1-0 win on a 90th-minute goal from 15 yards out. The Irish made seven shots on goal to Kentucky's three, with just a single Wildcat shot in the entire second half of the game. Notre Dame led in corner kicks, 8-0, and was whistled for just 3 fouls to Kentucky's 18.


Next up for the Irish is a match at Syracuse this Saturday night.

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No. 25/18 women's soccer (3-2-1) won out over no. 16 Santa Clara on the road, 2-0, behind goals from Morgan Andrews and freshman and London-native Karin Muya, who assisted on Andrews's tally. Notre Dame led in shots (12-4), shots on goal (8-1), and corners (5-1). Sunday, they earned a strong 0-0 draw vs. no. 4 Stanford. The Irish were outshot by the Cardinal, 14-8, and ND goalie Kaela Little made 6 saves.

This weekend, the Irish welcome Baylor (Friday, 7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND) and Toledo (Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, WatchND) to Notre Dame.

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Irish volleyball (0-5) is hurting. There's no way around it. After falling to two ranked teams the previous week, Notre Dame lost star outside hitter, Toni Alugbue, to an ACL injury in practice, and then fell to all three of this past weekend's foes. The Irish claimed their opening set vs. Washington State, 25-23, but then dropped the next three to lose, 3-1.


They then fell to IUPUI in three sets, hitting just .138 with no service aces and six errors. They dropped three in a row to Western Michigan on Sunday, though against the Broncos, they kept it much closer.

The Irish face TCU this Friday (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND), then Northeastern (10:30 a.m. ET, WatchND) and Northern Iowa (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND) on Saturday.

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After a first-place finish to open the season, Irish men's golf tied for 10th-place at the 54-hole Gopher Invitational in Minnesota. Matt Rushton led Notre Dame, coming in at 11th overall.

The team next competes in the Windon Memorial in Chicago beginning on 21 September.

After returning from an off-season trip to Ireland, the women's golf team begins their season this weekend at the Mary Fossum Invitational in East Lansing.

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This past weekend, cross country began the season with a first-place finish and recorded the top two times on the men's side at the Crusader Open in Valparaiso, IN.

The team next hosts the National Catholic Championships on the weekend of September 19.

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As noted last week, other sports will pick up shortly: men's and women's tennis will begin play later this month, followed by hockey and swimming in early October.

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