The two sides battled to a scoreless standstill after 110 minutes of play, forcing a penalty shootout to decide which team would advance. After a grueling 12 rounds, the Irish emerged as the advancing side, winning the shootout 11-10.
NCAA ROUND OF 16: NOTRE DAME vs. VIRGINIA
The Irish welcomed a familiar foe to Notre Dame in the round of 16, as Virginia came to town for a spot in the Elite Eight on the line. The two sides played to a 0-0 draw in the regular season in Charlottesville and were scoreless after 90 minutes of regulation in the NCAA affair.
The match looked to be headed to a second overtime session when the Irish made one last push forward in the 100th minute. Sean Dedrick cut in from the right flank and laid the ball off to Tommy McCabe. The junior floated a ball into the box and Jack Lynn rose to power a header into the back of the net with one second remaining on the clock to send the Irish into the quarterfinals.
Notre Dame finished with a record of 4-3-1 in the ACC standings, earning the No. 5-seed in the ACC Championships. The Irish earned regular-season wins over No. 6 Louisville, Syracuse, Boston College and Pitt. The Irish then won their first round matchup against Clemson in the ACC Championships before falling by a score of 1-0 to Louisville in the semifinals.
#15 ND vs. No. 6 Louisville (W, 2-1)
The marquee victory for the Irish came in the most recent outing against #6 Louisville. Notre Dame outlasted the Cardinals, recording a 2-1 victory in overtime. Thomas Ueland scored the opening goal in the 10th minute off a volley to give the Irish the lead. After the visitors tied it early in the second half to force overtime, Ueland was hauled down in the box to set up a spot kick from Sean MacLeod. The senior buried the goal to give the Irish the 2-1 victory.
#20 ND vs. Boston College (W, 1-0)
The Irish were on the front-foot from the opening whistle and found the breakthrough goal it needed in the 49th minute. Jack Casey sent Aiden McFadden through on goal with a perfectly weighted through ball. McFadden finished past the keeper with a sliding toe poke to deliver the Irish the 1-0 victory.
#12 ND at Syracuse (W, 3-2)
The Irish opened the ACC slate with a 3-2 win over Syracuse. All five goals were scored in the second half, with Notre Dame's three all being of the top-class variety. Patrick Berneski opened the scoring with a set-piece header followed by a wonder strike from Ueland. Notre Dame's final goal came from Felicien Dumas on a perfect free kick curled just under the bar and inside the post.
#23 Notre Dame at Pitt (W, 1-0)
On a rainy evening in Pittsburgh, the Irish and Panthers wrapped up the regular season. The match was cagey throughout but Notre Dame scored the match-winning goal in the 85th minute, as Thomas Ueland scored off a set piece to deliver the victory.
#18 ND vs. Clemson (W, 2-0, ACC 1st Round)
The Irish played one of their most complete matches of the season against Clemson, dominating from start to finish. Ian Aschieris scored the opener in the second minute, beating the Tigers' keeper at the near post. The senior then bagged his second goal of the night in the 88th minute to seal the 2-0 victory.
IRISH WIN ADIDAS/IU CREDIT UNION CLASSIC
The Irish gave up a goal in the first half of a match in just once all season. Notre Dame recorded first half shutouts 20 times in 2018.
Thomas Ueland and Jack Casey earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, with Ueland taking home first team accolades and Casey earning second team status. No other team in the country placed two players on the first two teams.
The Irish scored a season-high four goals in the win over #22 Xavier on Sept. 25 in a rain-shortened 4-1 victory.
The Irish reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships for just the fourth time in program history. The Irish advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since the 2013 season.
Senior captain and center back Patrick Berneski led the Irish and all defenders in the ACC in goals scored in 2018 with six goals. All six of Berneski's goals came off set pieces, five being headers. The skipper earned United Soccer Coaches First Team All-South Region honors along with All-ACC Second Team status.
Matches this season the Irish allowed one or no goals out of 21 outings. Notre Dame posted nine clean sheets on the season.