CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – After a grueling 110 minutes, No. 23 Notre Dame (8-5-2, 3-3-1 ACC) was able to take a valuable point on the road against No. 6 Virginia (9-2-3, 3-2-2 ACC) with a 0-0 draw. The clean sheet is the fifth of the season for the Irish.
HOW IT HAPPENED
In a first half that saw few chances for either team, the best opportunity for the Fighting Irish came in the seventh minute from Aiden McFadden, who’s attempted lob from 14 yards out sailed over the crossbar. After a cagey 45 minutes, the match remained scoreless at the halftime break.
It looked as if Notre Dame drew first blood in the 60th minute after a long range effort from Thomas Ueland rebounded to Ian Aschieris, who put the ball in the back of the net. However, the goal was waved off due to the assistant ref flagging Aschieris offside..
With the scores level at the end of regulation, the game headed into overtime. Notre Dame was on the front foot and created a number of chances throughout the two overtime periods, but were able to convert any of its opportunities, ending the match in a draw.
HEAD COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE
“I am proud of the team. Virginia is obviously a good team and I thought our performance deserved a bit more, especially with the goal we scored being called back. Now we have to quickly shift gears and start preparing for Pitt.”
STAT OF THE MATCH
The Irish recorded the fifth clean sheet of the season on Tuesday evening in the scoreless draw. The Cavaliers were held scoreless for just the third time this season.
NOTES OF THE MATCH
- The Irish have shut out the opposition in the first half in 14 of 15 matches this season.
- Notre Dame has allowed one or no goals in 11 of 15 matches this season.
- The Irish are now 5-1-1 in matches away from home this season.
- Junior goalkeeper Duncan Turnbull recorded the second shutout of his career and now has a record of 3-0-1 on the season.
- Junior full back Spencer Farina made the first start of his career against the Cavaliers.
Notre Dame wraps up the regular season at Pitt at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 27. The match will air live on ACC Network Extra via the WatchESPN app.