Notre Dame Athletics | November 26, 2018
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – After 99 minutes of play it appeared destined that No. 7 Notre Dame (11-6-3) and No. 10 Virginia (10-4-3) would be heading to a second overtime session and then a penalty shootout on Sunday evening at Alumni Stadium in the NCAA Championships Round of 16. The Irish and Cavaliers were deadlocked in a scoreless battle after playing each other to a goalless draw earlier in the season in Charlottesville.
And then the Irish produced a moment of brilliance. Junior Tommy McCabe floated a cross into the box in the final seconds of the first overtime session and freshman Jack Lynn rose above a Virginia defender and nodded home the ball inside the near post and past the outstretched keeper a second before the clock hit zero to send the Irish into a frenzy and into the quarterfinals.
Notre Dame's 1-0 overtime win gives it a rematch with No. 2 Indiana with a trip to the College Cup in Santa Barbara, California, on the line. The day, time and network will be announced shortly.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Irish and Cavaliers played to a scoreless draw in the opening 45 minutes, as Notre Dame has not allowed a goal in the first half in 19 of 20 matches this season. The Irish had a number of decent looks at goal, as a header from Jack Casey in the eighth minute sailed just over the bar and a free kick from Macleod was blasted just past the post.
Notre Dame came out of the halftime break on the front foot and earned its first three corners of the match in the opening 10 minutes of the period.
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