NOTRE DAME, Ind. – No. 7 Notre Dame and Michigan will face off at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 18 in the NCAA Championships at Alumni Stadium with a spot in the Round of Sixteen on the line. The match will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra via the WatchESPN app.
No. 7 NOTRE DAME Vs. MICHIGAN – NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS ROUND OF 32
Location: Notre Dame, Indiana | Alumni Stadium
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Game Notes: vs. Michigan
THE IRISH IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
• Notre Dame will make its 21st appearance in the NCAA Championship in 2018 and have played in the tourney in 17 of the last 18 seasons.’
• The Irish have an overall record of 18-18-2 in the NCAA Championships.
• Notre Dame has earned a top 16 national seed 13 times, including this season’s No. 7 seed
• The Irish have advanced to the round of 16 on nine occasions and have made three quarterfinals.
• Notre Dame won the National Championship in 2013, defeating Maryland by a score of 2-1 to capture the title.
• The Irish played against 2018 NCAA Championship participants in 11 of 18 matches.
THE MICHIGAN SERIES
• The Irish and Wolverines will meet on the pitch for the 19th time on Sunday evening.
• The Irish lead the series with a mark of 13-2-3.
• Sunday’s matchup will mark the second time the two teams have played in the NCAA Championships. The two sides battled to a 1-1 draw in the round of 16 in 2003 at Notre Dame with Michigan advancing 4-3 on penalty kicks.
• Notre Dame holds a record of 9-0-2 against the Wolverines when playing at home, recording a 3-1 victory last season at Alumni Stadium.
• The two sides played earlier this season in Ann Arbor on Oct. 16. The Irish won the match by a score of 2-1. The Notre Dame goals came from Thomas Ueland and Sean MacLeod.
KEEP IT CLEAN
• The Irish defense has been stingy as of late, allowing just one goal over its last four matches.
• Notre Dame has allowed just four shots on goal over the last three contests.
• Junior goalkeeper Duncan Turnbull is 5-1-1 on the season, allowing just three goals in over 630 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 six 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 18 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 17 of 18 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 18 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 nine 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.