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

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

Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame soccer, hockey, tennis...you get the picture.
Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame soccer, hockey, tennis...you get the picture.
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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. 7 men's soccer (11-4-5) impressively bested no. 1 Wake Forest, 1-0, in the ACC tournament semi-finals last Wednesday in Winston-Salem. Thomas Ueland's goal in the 60th minute sent the Irish to the ACC championship match vs. no. 13 Syracuse. It was a competitive match and well played by ND, with Wake taking 18 shots to ND's 11 and 9 corner kicks to ND's 5.

Notre Dame hosted the championship match vs. no. 13 Syracuse, who overcame the Irish in the 1-0 contest. The lone goal came just a minute into the second half and Syracuse edged the Irish in shots, 12-9, and corner kicks, 9-3. Notre Dame played well once again and is in great shape heading into the NCAA tournament.

The Irish will host either Tulsa or FIU in the second round of NCAA tournament play this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET to start things off.

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No. 10 women's soccer (14-4-1) had a great go of it in the first round of the NCAA tournament, blanking Oakland at home, 5-0. The Irish saw goals from Anna Maria Gilbertson (2g), Kaleigh Olmsted, Katie Naughton, and Sabrina Flores. The Irish controlled the game, taking 34 shots to Oakland's 5 and 6 corner kicks to their opponent's 0.

The Irish will compete in the second round of NCAA tournament play this Friday vs. UConn in Piscataway, NJ. Their third round of NCAA tournament play will be on Sunday at a site and against an opponent to be decided by that second round.

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No. 16 Irish hockey (5-2-3) earned a win and a draw over the weekend at home vs. Northeastern. In the opening game of the series, the Irish won, 3-2, with first period goals from Jordan Gross (2g, the first PP) and a third early in the middle stanza from Andrew Oglevie. Both of Northeastern's goals followed in the second period, but they weren't able to overcome the Irish lead. Cal Peterson was in net for the Irish.

Saturday, with Petersen in net again, ND earned a 2-2 overtime tie with goals from Jake Evans and Connor Hurley. The Irish led 2-1 going into the closing period and allowed the late tying goal on a Northeastern power play. Notre Dame had some good chances in overtime, but were unable to break the tie.

The Irish travel to no. 5 UMass-Lowell this week. The teams play Friday (7:15 p.m. ET) and Saturday (7:05 p.m. ET).

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The Irish volleyball team (6-22, 1-14) fell this week to two ACC foes on the road. They lost to an impressive no. 20 FSU squad, 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-19), then fell to a Miami team that's lost just once at home this season, 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-18, 25-18).

Down the stretch, the Irish host Georgia Tech on Friday (7:00 p.m. ET), then Clemson on Sunday (1:00 p.m. ET). They'll have just two more games remaining this season after those matches.

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The men's and women's swimming and diving squads were idle this past week. The Irish (both men and women) next travel to the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, IN, this weekend.

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Men's tennis wrapped up fall play this past week at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in Flushing, NY, and the Bulldog Scramble in Athens, GA. Irish doubles pair Quentin Monaghan and Alex Lawson made it all the way to the doubles semifinals at the National Indoor Championships, where the 28th-ranked pair fell to no. 18 in 3 sets. At the Bulldog Scramble, the Irish competing went 4-4 in singles and 3-1 in doubles play. The team now awaits a return to play in January.

The women's tennis squad has similarly finished things up for the fall and now looks forward to reconvening for competition in January.

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Irish fencing just wrapped up competing at the Junior NAC in Kansas City, MO, on Monday. We'll bring you results next week. Next up is the Elite Invitational in Philadelphia this weekend.

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This past week, cross country competed in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Madison, WI. The women's squad automatically qualified for the NCAA championship after coming in 2nd. As they did at the ACC championship, Molly Seidel and Anna Rohrer came in 1st and 2nd in the women's 6k championship event. The men's side came in 4th overall and now awaits an at-large bid for the NCAA championship.

Members of the team will compete in the NCAA championship on Saturday in Louisville, KY.

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No. 19/18 men's basketball claimed an 87-56 win over St. Francis (Pa.) to start the regular season this past Friday. JoeSchu's got your game review right here.

The Irish host Milwaukee on Tuesday night (7:00 p.m. ET), then UMass-Lowell on Saturday (2:00 p.m. ET).

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No. 3 Irish women's basketball started their own season with an 85-54 win over Bucknell on Sunday. Brianna Turner led the way for ND with 21 points; Madison Cable had 20.

Notre Dame welcomes Toledo on Wednesday (7:00 p.m. ET) and South Dakota State on Saturday (3:00 p.m. ET). They'll play Valparaiso on the road next Monday (8:00 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 Boston College—and everybody else.