SOUTH CURVE, Ind. – Mohamed Omar and Jack Lynn each scored goals as the Irish won 2-1 over Virginia on Friday night at Alumni Stadium.
With the win, Notre Dame improves to 5-4-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the ACC game while Virginia drops to 3-6-1 and 0-4-0 in the ACC.
Michael Pellegrino and Dawson McCartney each had assists for the Irish, while Bryan Dowd took the victory in goals for the Irish.
As a team, the Irish dominated the Cavaliers, 16-4, including a 7-1 record in shots on goal. Notre Dame also got a 9-2 advantage on corners.
HOW DID IT HAPPEN
The Irish opened the game on the front foot and were rewarded with the game’s opening goal on Omar’s foot in the 22nd minute. Omar headed the ball just inside the far post on a Pellegrino corner for his second goal of the season.
Notre Dame dominated Virginia 7-3 in the first half, including a 3-0 record in shots on frame. The Irish also scored seven corners against Virginia in the opening 45 minutes.
Lynn doubled the Irish lead in the 64th minute when he buried a feed from McCartney. The game started when McCartney regained possession from the Irish just over midfield and passed the ball to Lynn, who converted 12 yards to the left side of the box.
Virginia found the back of the net in the last minute to clear the shutout, but the Irish held their own for the 2-1 win.
McFARLAND FAMILY MEN’S SOCCER COACH CHAD RILEY
On performance …
“Obviously very proud of the performance of our guys. Virginia are a very good team and it was going to take our best performance to get a result and I really think at this point it was our most complete performance in a game so far this season.
On the set piece early …
“These are huge. In close matches it’s something that we tweaked and worked on and it was great serve from Michael Pellegrino and a great header from Mohamed Omar and that opened the game and we were very good in the transition.
On the performance of the midfielder …
“I thought we did well. We have a good group that keeps our energy going and we can keep the guys running. They did a great job and everyone who came played a huge part in the victory.
ND MATCH STAT
The Irish outscored the Cavaliers 16-4, including an 8-1 advantage in shots on target.
- Lynn’s goal is his fifth of the season and his 26th in his career.
- The senior has now scored four goals in his last four games.
- Omar’s goal is his second of the year and the third of his career.
The Irish play their third straight game at Alumni Stadium, against Purdue Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 5. The game will be broadcast on ACCN.
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