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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Men’s Soccer Advances, Hockey Splits

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The Fighting Irish earned wins this past week in men’s soccer, hockey, men’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis, fencing, and women’s basketball.

The Irish had a very solid week as several fall sports draw near an end.
The Irish had a very solid week as several fall sports draw near an end.
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Without further ado, we give you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups and look ahead at what's on the schedule this week.

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No. 9 men's soccer (10-3-5, 5-2-2) notched a key, last-minute (almost) home victory in the ACC tournament quarterfinals this weekend, downing no. 17/13 Virginia, 1-0, on a headed-in corner kick in the 87th minute. The header belonged to Brandon Aubrey and the corner kick, to Patrick Hodan. ND led the Cavaliers in shots, 15-4, and corner kicks, 6-1.

The Irish travel to no. 1 Wake Forest for the ACC tournament semifinals this Wednesday (7:00 p.m. ET). Best of luck to them as they push for a spot in the championship, which will be held on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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No. 11/7 women's soccer (13-4-1) finished regular season play the week prior to this last one, so this week, they were waiting to hear where they would begin play in the NCAA championship tournament. The third-seed Irish will play their first-round match on Friday, when they'll host Oakland (7:00 p.m. ET). The first round of play continues through Sunday and, should they advance, that will determine where the Irish continue their run.

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No. 18 Irish hockey (4-2-2) split their weekend home series with Minnesota, overcoming the Gophers, 4-3, in the opening game before falling, 4-1, in the closer. After a scoreless opening stanza, with Cal Peterson in at goalie, the Irish struck first, with an early 2nd period goal from Anders Bjork. Minnesota responded a few minutes later, then ND put two more in the back of the net - these, from Dylan Malmquist and Jordan Gross - before Minnsota answered both with 2 mid-period power play goals in the 3rd. With the score tied, 3-3, and less than 2 minutes to play, ND's Jordan Gross netted the game winner.

Sunday, with Petersen in net again, ND earned a 4-1 loss in a late-game collapse. Minnesota scored first early in the 2nd period and the Irish answered later in the period with one from Thomas DiPauli. The Gophers scored 3 unanswered in the closing stanza, though (the last into an empty net), and ND couldn't find the offense needed to make a game of it.

The Irish host a series with Northeastern this week. The teams play Thursday (7:35 p.m. ET) and Friday (7:35 p.m. ET).

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The Irish volleyball team (6-20, 1-12) took 2 more losses this past weekend, this time at home. They fell to a strong Virginia Tech squad, 3-0 (27-25, 25-20, 25-20), then to Pittsburgh in straight sets (25-19, 25-22, 25-23). This is certainly a re-building year under the team's new head coach.

The Irish next hit the road to visit Florida State on Friday (7:00 p.m. ET), then Miami in Coral Gables on Sunday (1:00 p.m. ET).

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The Irish men's swimming and diving squad took on Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech on the road over the weekend, and they came in behind Virginia Tech, 237-131, but beat Pittsburgh, 214-150. The team claimed top-3 finishes in the 400 medley relay, 400 free relay, 50 free, 200 fly, and the 3-meter dive.

The women's team also took on Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech over the weekend and finished behind both, with a 188-182 loss to the former and a 208-162 loss to the latter. ND earned top-3 finishes in the 1-meter and 3-meter dive, the 200IM, 200 free, 400 free relay, 50 free, 200 fly, 100 back, and 400 medley relay.

The Irish (both men and women) next travel to the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, IN, the weekend of November 20th.

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Men's tennis was idle again this past week. Members of the team compete in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in Flushing, NY, this Thursday through Sunday. The team will also participate in the Bulldog Scramble this weekend in Athens, GA.

The women's tennis squad competed in the Illinois Blast this past weekend in Champaign, IL, where they went 5-1 against Missouri in singles play and 2-1 in doubles; they went 3-3 in singles and 0-3 in doubles against Illinois; they also bested Purdue, 5-1, in singles and went 1-2 in doubles. That's a 16-11 record on the weekend with a very strong performance in singles matches.

Next up for the Irish is the Lakewood Ranch Invitational in Florida this weekend.

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Irish fencing is back at it. In mid-October, they started their season at the USA Fencing 2015 October North American Cup in Richmond, VA. There, ND claimed gold in Division I men's sabre and both 2nd and 3rd place in women's foil. At the Penn State Open this past weekend, Irish fencers snagged gold in the women's foil and bronze in women's sabre. The men swept the podium in foil and took gold in epee.

This weekend, the Irish compete at the Junior NAC in Kansas City, MO.

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After a good showing at the ACC championships, this past week, cross country was idle. The team next competes in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Madison, WI, this Friday.

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After finishing up their exhibition matches, no. 19/18 men's basketball opens the regular season by hosting St. Francis (Pa.) this Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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No. 3 Irish women's basketball got things rolling with an exhibition match against Wayne State on Saturday. They walked away with a dominant 101-52 victory.

The Irish host Bucknell to open the regular season this Sunday afternoon (1:00 p.m. ET).

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We'll bring you updates again next week on the whole range of Notre Dame sports. For now, go Irish. Beat Wake Forest—and everybody else.