Fighting Irish Athletics | November 10, 2014
When Bobby Clark, the University of Notre Dame men's soccer coach, read a text he received at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, he knew then his defending national champion Fighting Irish would be just fine later in the day against Virginia, a team the Irish had never defeated.
Irish forward Leon Brown, who had been in Jamaica to attend his grandmother's funeral, sent a message to Clark that read, "Where are we eating (breakfast)? Pancakes at Bette's, or pre-game in the locker room?"
"Bette's" meant pancakes prepared by Clark's wife, Bette, at the Clark home, a tradition the Irish savor.
"I texted back, 'Pancakes at Bette's,'" Clark said with a smile, knowing the text meant Brown would be in uniform later on Sunday for No. 1 seed Notre Dame's Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinal match against No. 8 seed Virginia.
Pancakes at Bette's weren't the only treat for the Irish, who feasted on Virginia for a 3-0 victory in their ACC Tournament opener. It was the first time the Irish defeated the six-time national champion Cavaliers, who owned a 4-0-2 edge over the Irish entering Sunday's match. The Cavaliers handed Notre Dame its only loss last season and Virginia also got past the Irish on penalty kicks in the ACC Tournament.
Next up for the Irish is a semifinal match against No. 4 seed Clemson at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Cary, N.C.
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