SOUTH PLIAGE, Ind. – Notre Dame stays on the road with a game against ACC foes Virginia at Klöckner Stadium at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 16. The match will be broadcast on ACCNX through WatchESPN.
THE VIRGINIA SERIES
• The Irish and the Cavaliers will meet on the pitch for the 20th time on Friday.
• Notre Dame trails the Cavaliers in the series with a 6-9-4 rating.
• The Irish have won two of the last three clashes, splitting the 2020-21 series and winning the only game of the 2021 season.
• Each of the last 10 meetings between the two teams has ended in either a goal or a draw.
• Four of the last six meetings have come in overtime.
• The Irish won last season’s game 2-1 at the Alumni Stadium on October 1, 2021.
• The Irish outscored their opponents 60-53 in three matches, registering more attempts in three out of four matches.
• Notre Dame also secured more corners, holding a 26-20 advantage over their opponents after three games.
• The Irish have provided six assists from their five goals.
• Of the 14 Notre Dame players to leave this season, seven were freshmen or sophomores.
• Seven Irish players have made their university debuts this season.
• Of the 18 players who have seen the field, 11 are in their second year or first year.
• Three of Notre Dame’s four goals and four of their six assists have come from freshmen or sophomores.
• Fourteen returning Irish players scored at least one point last season, as the team scored 86 points from last year.
• Ten players have scored one goal in the 2021 campaign, six of whom have scored multiple goals.
• Sophomore Matthew Roou is the 2022 team’s top returning scorer after scoring seven goals in his debut season.
#3 RANKED FRESHMAN CLASS IN THE COUNTRY
• The Irish welcome a freshman class of seven players to South Bend, ranked third in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.
• The class includes four players ranked in the IMG top 200, each ranking in the top 100.
• The seven players come from five states combined and one foreign country (Ghana).
• Kelvin Baffour (M), Daniel Boateng (M), Wyatt Borso (F), Owen Cornell (GK), Mitchell Ferguson (D), Sebastian Green (M) and Nicholas Legendre (F) make up the class.
• Notre Dame also welcome Mo Williams to the squad, a Seton Hall graduate transfer defender.
• The Irish are coming off one of their most successful seasons in program history.
• The 2021 team qualified for the College Cup for the second time in history and won the program’s first ACC tournament title.
• Notre Dame finished the season on an eight-game unbeaten streak, posting a 5-0-3 record over that span, all in the playoffs.
• The Irish have conceded just two goals in the last eight games of the year.
• Notre Dame defeated Duke in the ACC Tournament Finals to claim the crown. The Irish haven’t allowed a single goal in four ACC tournament games.
• The season ended in the College Cup semi-finals, as the Irish fell to Clemson on penalties (5-3) in Cary, North Carolina.