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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Soccer Wins over Top Teams

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

Goooooo Irish. Beeeaaaaat everyone.
Goooooo Irish. Beeeaaaaat everyone.
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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. 14 men's soccer (6-2-1, 2-1-0) hit its stride this past week, notching two strong wins. Last Tuesday, they overpowered Michigan State in East Lansing, earning a 4-0 victory; goals came from Max Lachowecki, Jon Gallagher, Thomas Ueland, and, well, Michigan State (own goal). The Irish trailed in corner kicks, 7-2, but led in shots on goal, 7-4.

Against no. 4 Virginia, the Irish cruised to a 3-1 home victory behind goals from Mark Gormley, Evan Panken, and Connor Klekota. The Irish led in shots on goal, 7-3, and corner kicks, 6-2, and UVA played the final 20 minutes with 10 men after a Cavalier forward was sent off with a red card.

Next up for the Irish are Marquette at home (Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. ET) and North Carolina State in Raleigh, NC, on Sunday (1:00 p.m. ET).

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No. 16/6 women's soccer (8-2-1, 1-2-0) split its last week's matches, first upending no. 1 Virginia, 2-1, in double overtime on the road, then falling to no. 3 Florida State, 1-0. Against no. 1 Virginia, forward Anna Maria Gilbertson netted both Irish goals, first in the 13th minute, then the game-winner in the 104th. The impressive win was ND's improbable first over an ACC foe this season.

On Sunday, the Irish fell to no. 3 FSU, 1-0, and the Seminoles controlled the match throughout; their goal came in the 35th minute.

This Friday night, the Irish play Miami in Coral Gables, FL (8:00 p.m. ET).

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The Irish volleyball team (5-9) is still climbing back from a very bleak previous season. This past week, they were swept, 3-0, by both Louisville and Florida State to open ACC play at home. They held a 22-18 lead in the opening set against the Cardinals, then fell, 25-23, 25-19, 25-16.

Notre Dame kept things very tight in their match vs. the Seminoles, losing, 25-20 and 25-21 before going down hard, 25-12. With a brand new head coach on the bench, they'll make their turn around eventually; we're just not quite there yet.

The Irish host Boston College this Friday (7:00 p.m. ET), then Syracuse on Sunday (12:00 p.m. ET).

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Men's tennis earned a handful of solid wins at the Crimson Tide Four in the Fall tournament in Tuscaloosa, AL, this past weekend. The Irish won 10 of 27 singles matches and 5 of 14 doubles matches featuring teams from Alabama, South Florida, and Memphis.

The Irish next travel to Tulsa, OK, for the ITA All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying and Qualifying on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

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The women's golf team was idle this past week and next travels to Lincoln, NB, for the Chip-N-Club Invitational this coming Monday and Tuesday.

Men's golf was idle this past week. They now look ahead to the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, NC, this Saturday and Sunday.

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This past week, cross country was idle. The squad next hosts the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational this Friday afternoon.

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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 Clemson and everybody else.