​Men’s soccer avenges Notre Dame, heads to NCAA quarterfinals

The Virginia men’s soccer team always looked at its 3-0 loss against Notre Dame in the ACC tournament as an anomaly. After all, it had tied the Fighting Irish playing a man down back in September.

After defeating North Carolina-Wilmington, 3-1, last Sunday and seeing top-seeded Notre Dame (12-5-4, 6-1-1 ACC) snatch a narrow 2-1 victory against Ohio State in their respective second round matchups, the Cavaliers had a chance at revenge.

And Sunday night, they delivered.

The 16th-seeded Cavaliers (12-6-2, 3-3-2 ACC) prevailed 1-0 against their conference rivals in a defensive-heavy battle thanks to a goal in the 82nd minute by sophomore midfielder Nicko Corriveau.

Following a free kick into the box, freshman midfielder Pablo Aguilar — starting in place of injured senior midfielder Eric Bird — had his shot deflected by a Fighting Irish defender. But Corriveau found himself in the right place at the right time, immediately following the deflection with a low rip to the bottom left corner of the net, well out of reach of Notre Dame senior goalkeeper Patrick Wall.

Senior goalkeeper Calle Brown — who recorded two saves on the night — and the rest of the Cavalier defense held strong, surviving an onslaught of four shots by Notre Dame in the final eight minutes to secure their invitation to the quarterfinals.

The Cavaliers will move on to face No. 8 Georgetown (14-4-4, 6-2-1 Big East) — who defeated No. 9 Syracuse 2-1 earlier in the day — Saturday in Washington, D.C.

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