Sean Carroll | November 25, 2014
The top-seeded University of Notre Dame men's soccer team prevailed over Ohio State, 2-1, in a soggy slugfest in Sunday's NCAA Championship second-round match at Alumni Stadium.
Freshman forward Jon Gallagher tallied the winning goal in the 69th minute of the match, which was played in a steady rain throughout. Sophomore central defender Brandon Aubrey gave Notre Dame a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute when he converted a penalty kick. Ohio State's Danny Jensen netted the equalizer in the 34th minute.
Notre Dame (12-4-4) will play host to Atlantic Coast Conference rival Virginia, the No. 16 seed, next Sunday in the round of 16. It will be the third meeting of the season between the Irish and Cavaliers, who topped UNC Wilmington 3-1 on Sunday.
Fighting Irish goalkeeper Patrick Wall stopped five Buckeye shots on the night. The fifth-year senior was tested early with attempts from Ohio State's Liam Doyle in the sixth minute and Zach Mason in the 10th minute.
Notre Dame's first shot of the match came off the foot of Patrick Hodan in the 23rd minute. Buckeye goalkeeper Alex Ivanov, who had three saves, tipped the attempt away to keep the match scoreless.
In the 30th minute, Irish forward Vince Cicciarelli charged his way into the penalty box and was taken down by Ohio State's Kyle Culbertson, who was issued a yellow card. Aubrey buried the penalty kick for his third goal of the season.
The Fighting Irish weren't able to enjoy the lead for long as the Buckeyes equalized less than four minutes later. Wall made a spectacular save when he tipped a Yianni Sarris free kick over the crossbar, but Ohio State scored off the ensuing corner kick. Hunter Robertson sent the ball into the box and Doyle flicked it to Jensen who knotted the match.