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  1. Irish Beat Buckeyes, 2-1, in NCAA Tournament Second Round

    Nov 23, 2014, 11:15 PM EST

    Goals from sophomore defenseman Brandon Aubrey and freshman striker Jon Gallagher propelled top-ranked Notre Dame to a 2-1 win over Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday night. A heavy, driving rain fell for the duration of the match, soaking the grass surface in Alumni Stadium. Standing water in some…

  2. Clark’s Corner: Clemson Preview

    Nov 14, 2014, 11:54 AM EST

    Having endured a grueling schedule that featured a whopping nine teams currently ranked among the nation’s top 25, No. 2 Notre Dame is set to face its tenth when it meets No. 14 Clemson tonight in the ACC semifinals. Both programs fell in the semifinal round of last year’s conference tournament – Notre Dame to…

  3. Notre Dame Downs Virginia, Advances to ACC Semifinals

    Nov 9, 2014, 4:15 PM EST

    It’s been a theme all season for Notre Dame: the offense creates chances galore, but can’t finish them. The inability to capitalize on goal-scoring opportunities has largely contributed to the Irish’s pedestrian 4-4 record in games decided by one goal. Notre Dame took a huge step towards shaking this issue on Saturday afternoon, riding an…

  4. Notre Dame Ties Michigan State, 1-1

    Oct 29, 2014, 11:13 PM EST

    No. 5 Notre Dame battled No. 12 Michigan State to a 1-1 draw in the Irish’s final home regular season match on Wednesday night inside a brisk Alumni Stadium. Michigan State entered the game having allowed just eight goals all season, an average of 0.51 per game. Nevertheless, Notre Dame was able to create plenty…

  5. Clark’s Corner: Michigan State Preview

    Oct 29, 2014, 12:31 AM EST

    With the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament just a week away, No. 5 Notre Dame readies to play its final regular season home game on Wednesday night against No. 12 Michigan State. The Spartans represent Notre Dame’s fourth consecutive midweek opponent from the Big Ten. The Irish’s previous two opponents from the…

  6. Notre Dame Nips Northwestern

    Oct 14, 2014, 10:33 PM EST

    A converted penalty kick by junior midfielder Patrick Hodan was all No. 9 Notre Dame needed to defeat No.19 Northwestern, 1-0, on a damp night in Alumni Stadium. It had been a gray morning and afternoon at Notre Dame, dotted by periods of steady rain and mist. Conditions were clear by game time, but the…

  7. Clark’s Corner: Northwestern Preview

    Oct 13, 2014, 4:00 PM EST

    Fresh off another close victory, No. 6 Notre Dame will attempt to string together consecutive wins against a familiar foe on Tuesday night as they welcome No. 24 Northwestern to Alumni Stadium. The Irish and Wildcats have squared off once in each of the past six seasons. Northwestern has won three of these contests, including…

  8. Besler’s Late Tally Lifts Irish

    Oct 1, 2014, 12:21 AM EST

    Nearly 120 minutes of knocking on the door and it finally, finally opened. Persistence was top-ranked Notre Dame’s calling card on a brisk Tuesday night at Alumni Stadium, as the Irish defeated Virginia Commonwealth on a golden goal in double overtime by senior captain Nick Besler. Besler’s first tally of the season could not have…

  9. Clark’s Corner: Irish Gear Up for Crucial ACC Tilt

    Sep 26, 2014, 12:30 PM EST

    After opening its conference slate with two matches on the road, third-ranked Notre Dame returns home to face No. 8 North Carolina in what promises to be a heavyweight battle between two storied programs. The Tar Heels will be the Irish’s third consecutive ranked opponent and fifth so far this season. This grueling schedule is…

  10. Clark’s Corner: Irish Prepare for Crucial ACC Tilt

    Sep 19, 2014, 3:03 PM EST

    The 2013 Fighting Irish lost two games en route to winning the program’s first national championship. The first was a late October defeat at the hands of Virginia in Alumni Stadium. The second? Virginia again, in the ACC Tournament semifinals. No. 5 Notre Dame gets its first shot at redemption this weekend as the Irish…

  11. Clark’s Corner: Aubrey, Wall Lead Irish Past Orange

    Sep 16, 2014, 8:59 PM EST

    Standout performances from its youngest and oldest starters paced No. 4 Notre Dame in its 1-0 win over No. 20 Syracuse on Saturday night. Sophomore center back Brandon Aubrey headed in a Patrick Hodan free kick in the 74th minute for the game’s lone goal. It was the first collegiate tally for Aubrey, who was…

  12. Clark’s Corner: Irish Move On from Loss, Prepare for Syracuse

    Sep 9, 2014, 9:47 PM EST

    A mere twelve hours after watching his team suffer its first loss of the season, and just its second since November of 2012, Bobby Clark leaned forward and smiled. Over fifty combined years of playing and coaching on an elite level will do that to you. It’ll allow you to wake up after a loss…

  13. Clark’s Corner: IU Tournament Recap

    Sep 1, 2014, 4:15 PM EST

    A solid victory over #12 Marquette and a hard-fought draw with #9 Georgetown were enough to earn top-ranked Notre Dame its third consecutive adidas/IU Credit Union Classic title. The Irish shared the championship with Indiana, which also went 1-0-1 at the tournament. Notre Dame opened against Marquette on Friday evening and found itself on its heels…

  14. Clark’s Corner: Irish Set to Begin Title Defense

    Aug 29, 2014, 11:45 AM EST

    One at a time. Tasked with defending a national championship for the first time in program history, Notre Dame will continue to employ the simplest of approaches. “I know we took the extra step in 2013, but what our team has been very good at doing in the last couple of years is taking the…

  15. Notre Dame Handles Wisconsin in Offensive Display

    Aug 26, 2014, 9:01 PM EST

    It’s common speak in soccer circles – 2-0 is the most dangerous lead to hold. It appears large enough to warrant a more relaxed approach by the squad ahead, but all too often, succumbing to this notion results in a quick goal by the opposing team. In an instant, the leading team finds itself dogfight…

  16. Irish to Battle Badgers in Grassroot Game

    Aug 25, 2014, 2:29 PM EST

    Nearing the end of a summer highlighted by a three-week trip to Zimbabwe, Notre Dame will conclude preseason play tonight against Wisconsin in the 11th annual Grassroot Soccer game. The Irish’s well-documented travels in Africa were born from the team’s connection with Grassroot Soccer (GRS), an international non-governmental organization that utilizes the power of soccer…

  17. Besler’s Ride To Brazil

    Jun 13, 2014, 2:12 AM EST

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    Originally posted on Fighting Irish Blog:
    When I began in this position in the summer of 2013, one of the first one-on-one interviews I participated in was with Irish men’s soccer alum Matt Besler. Besler, a 2009 graduate of Notre Dame, was in the middle of his MLS season with Sporting KC and had just…

  18. Irish In The MLS (And The World Cup)

    Jun 10, 2014, 11:22 AM EST

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    Originally posted on Fighting Irish Blog:
    Not only has a former Notre Dame men’s soccer student-athlete landed on the ground in Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but a few other alums are making their presence felt in the MLS. Matt Besler After a storied career at Notre Dame, 2009 graduate Matt Besler was…

  19. Irish In The MLS (And The USMNT) • June 3, 2014

    Jun 3, 2014, 2:52 PM EST

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    Originally posted on Fighting Irish Blog:
    Another weekend of great play from Notre Dame men’s soccer alums in the professional and International ranks is behind us. We can’t forget about our boy, Matt Besler on the United States Men’s National Team on his play preceding the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Before we get underway,…

  20. Irish In The MLS (And On The USMNT) – May 27, 2014

    May 27, 2014, 4:28 PM EST

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    Originally posted on Fighting Irish Blog:
    A great week on the international stage for the Irish soccer program as the men’s squad continues its journey over in Africa for their “Service, Sightseeing & Soccer” trip abroad. On the national stage, an alum was named to the United States Men’s National Team for the 2014 World…

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