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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Soccer & Golf Get Things Started

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The fall season has commenced! The Fighting Irish earned wins to open the season in men’s soccer, women’s soccer, volleyball, and men’s golf.

Go Irish. Beat everyone.
Go Irish. Beat everyone.
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Welcome back to The Week in Notre Dame Athletics! Now that the Irish are back in action, we'll bring you updates on how all of Notre Dame's Olympic and otherwise non-football sports fare each week: who's ranked, what is each sport's season-long and weekly record, which Irish athletes are making headlines, and if anything crazy or particularly excellent happened that you'll want to see.

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

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No. 5/8 men's soccer (3-0-1) went 2-1-0 in their pre-season exhibition matches before opening the year with 3 victories and a draw: first they drew no. 6/13 Maryland, 0-0; they defeated no. 13/14 Indiana in OT, 1-0; they then bested no. 24 USF, 2-0, with goals from Brandon Aubrey and Jon Gallagher; and finally, they defeated UAB, 4-0, with 2 goals from Gallagher and scores from Michael Shipp (brother of Harrison) and Connor Klekota.

Next up for the Irish are Clemson (Saturday, 7:00 p.m. ET) and Xavier (next Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. ET) at home.

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No. 6/4 women's soccer (5-0-1) is already 6 games into their season. To date, the Irish have bested Valparaiso, 6-0; Toledo, 3-0; Santa Clara, 2-1; Portland, 2-0; and Michigan State, 2-0. They drew Western Michigan, 2-2. Not a bad start.

This weekend, the Irish Welcome Indiana (Friday, 7:00 p.m. ET) and Michigan (Sunday, 5:00 p.m. ET).

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The Irish volleyball team, now led by first-year head coach Jim McLaughlin, got off to a tough start after a down year last season. In their opening match on the road vs. Seton Hall, they fell, 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-22). Their next two matches were split and they took a few sets in the home stand: Temple won out, 3-1, and Hofstra fell to the Irish, 3-2.

The Irish face Mississippi State this Friday at home (7:00 p.m. ET), then Eastern Kentucky (12:30 p.m. ET) and Penn State (7:00 p.m. ET) on Saturday.

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Men's golf began their fall season tied for 2nd in a field of 3 at the Notre Dame Kickoff Challenge (287-292-579). ND's Matthew Rushton came in first overall (68-68-136).

The team heads to the Rod Myers Invitational this Saturday and Sunday in Durham, NC.

The women's golf team kicks off the season at the Mary Fossum Invitational in East Lansing, MI, on Saturday and Sunday.

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This weekend, cross country began the season this past weekend at the annual Crusader Open in Valparaiso, IN. The Irish came in second behind Purdue in both the men's and women's races, with 5 top-10 finishes.

Their next meet is at home as they host the National Catholic Championship on Friday, September 18th.

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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 Virginia and everybody else.