The Irish go on the road for the ACC Championship quarterfinal, as Notre Dame plays at Louisville at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 4. The match will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra via the WatchESPN app.
THE IRISH IN THE ACC TOURNEY
• Notre Dame hosted an early round ACC Championship match for the sixth straight season when Clemson came to Alumni Stadium on Wednesday.
• Notre Dame is attempting to reach the semifinal round or beyond in the ACC Championship for the fifth time in six seasons as a conference member in 2018.
• The Irish have made three ACC tournament semifinal appearances in 2013, 2014 and 2017 and hosted the championship final in 2015 at Alumni Stadium.
• Notre Dame has hosted at least one home conference tournament match in 17 of the past 18 seasons.
• The Irish are 6-1 in ACC tournament home matchups since joining the conference in 2013, outscoring opponents by an aggregate 15-3 goal count.
THE LOUISVILLE SERIES
• The Irish and Cardinals will meet on the pitch for the 20th time on Sunday afternoon.
• The Irish lead the series with a mark of 12-6-1.
• Notre Dame is 3-5-0 when playing at Louisville in the series.
• The two sides met earlier this season with the Irish pulling out a 2-1 win in overtime on Oct. 6. Thomas Ueland gave the Irish the lead in the 10th minute before Louisville equalized in the 48th minute. Early in the first overtime session Ueland was fouled in the box and Sean MacLeod slotted home the spot kick to give the Irish the win.
KEEP IT CLEAN
• The Irish defense has been stingy as of late, recording three consecutive clean sheets heading in to Sunday’s matchup with the Cardinals.
• Notre Dame has allowed just one shot on goal over the last two contests.
• Junior goalkeeper Duncan Turnbull is 5-0-1 on the season, allowing just two goals in over 540 minutes of play and posting four shutouts.
UELAND IN FORM DOWN THE STRETCH
• Senior forward Thomas Ueland is playing his best soccer of the season entering the postseason.
• Ueland is tied for the team lead in goals for the season with six.
• Four of the senior’s six goals have come in the last five matches.
• Ueland’s latest goal came in the regular-season finale at Pitt, as the senior scored the only goal of the match in the 85th minute to give the Irish the 1-0 victory.
QUICK OUT OF THE GATE
• The Irish have been excellent in the first 45 minutes of matches this season, as the team has not trailed in any of its 17 matches at the halftime break.
• Notre Dame has outscored the opposition by a combined mark of 11-2 in the first halves of matches.
• The Irish have kept a clean sheet in the first half in 16 of 17 matches in 2018, with the only blemish coming at Duke in a match that was level at 2-2 at the break.
THE SKIPPER DOES IT ALL
• Senior center back Patrick Berneski has had an impressive senior season after earning the captain armband prior to the 2018 campaign.
• Berneski has scored in six of 17 matches this season, tying for the team lead with six goals.
• The senior’s six goals are the most scored this season by any ACC defender in 2018.
• Thirteen of the 29 Irish goals scored this season have come from set pieces.
• Patrick Berneski has done the bulk of the damage, scoring six set-piece goals, five of which were headers.
• Another notable set-piece goal came from a sublime Felicien Dumas free kick that proved to be the game winner against Syracuse.
• Senior Sean MacLeod is 2-for-2 in scoring from the spot this season for the Irish.
• Dumas has supplied the assist in five of the set-piece goals in 2018.
Macleod makes his mark
• Senior forward Sean MacLeod has been in form over the last month, scoring the first four goals in his collegiate career this season, all coming in the last eight matches.
• MacLeod netted his first score in the 3-0 win over Northwestern and then scored from the spot in overtime to defeat then No. 6 Louisville.
• In Notre Dame’s match at Michigan, the senior scored from the spot in what proved to be the match winner in the 68th minute.