Virginia upsets No. 1 seed Notre Dame

No. 16 seed Virginia upset top-seeded and defending champion Notre Dame, 1-0, to move into the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Men's Tournament for the 19th time.

Nicko Corriveau had the lone goal in the 82nd minute when Guatemalan freshman Pablo Aguilar directed a ball served in off a Scott Thomsen free kick and it was blocked by a Notre Dame defender. Corriveau picked up the rebound to score his fourth goal of the 2014 season.

The loss snapped Notre Dame’s season-best six-game unbeaten streak.

“It’s funny, in the three games we’ve played against Virginia this year this possibly was the game we had the most control of,” Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark said. “I felt this was the one I was most comfortable in, yet it was the one we lost. Soccer is a funny game sometimes.”

The win was just the third true road victory ever for Virginia in NCAA Tournament play and the first since 2003, at Wake Forest. The other was a 3-0 win at Rutgers in the 1989 NCAA semifinals.

“Notre Dame is a very good team and we have a lot of respect for them,” Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch said. “We’re very familiar with them as they are with us, and we’re familiar with this field and facility and the weather that goes along with it. We came in with a good game plan and the guys executed it. I can’t say enough about how the guys executed the game plan. We knew the longer the game went on 0-0, the better the chance we would find the way to get a goal. We didn’t want to give up any goals early, and the guys did a good job of that.”

Virginia played without star Eric Bird, who sat out with an injury that he suffered in the first minute of the second-round match against UNCW. The Cavaliers advance to play Georgetown next weekend. They drew 1-1 in preseason.

“We’re excited to play Georgetown again,” Gelnovatch said. “They are a good team and they are much like Notre Dame. They are coached by Brian Wiese, who is a former assistant to (Notre Dame head coach) Bobby Clark, and we don’t have to fly anywhere so we can get there relatively easily.”
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