Blue and Gold Illustrated

January 2014 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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ND Sports Men's Soccer Among Three ACC Teams In The NCAA College Cup Sophomore midfielder Patrick Hodan delivered the game-winning goal in Notre Dame's 2-1 victory over Michigan State Dec. 7, which sent the Irish to their first-ever College Cup. photo by joe raymond By Dan Murphy I rish sophomore midfielder Patrick Hodan crossed two defenders in front of the Michigan State net and then fired a low shot just inside the post for what head coach Bobby Clark called "a beauty of a goal" and the eventual game-winner that sent Notre Dame to its first College Cup in program history. Hodan and his teammates beat the Spartans 2-1 on a frozen night in South Bend on Dec. 7 to advance to the national semifinals in Philadelphia on Dec. 13. The Irish have made several runs to the NCAA quarterfinals under Clark, but never made the leap to the season's final weekend until now. When they get there, they'll find a familiar group of opponents to make them feel at home.

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