Virginia – Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Official Athletics Site


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.

NOTRE DAME versus VIRGINIA
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia | Klockner Stadium
Direct: ACCNX
Live statistics: Click here
Twitter updates: @NDMenSoccer
Playing notes: at Virginia’s

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.

IMPORTANT FIGURES

• 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.

YOUTH MOVEMENT

• 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.

BALANCED ATTACK

• 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.

RETURN 2021

• 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.

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