The University of Louisville men's soccer team is headed to the Elite Eight.
The Cardinals won in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday with a 3-1 decision over Notre Dame and will now host Stanford next Saturday at 7 p.m. in Lynn Stadium with a berth into the College Cup on the line.
Mo Thiaw scored the first goal and then Tate Schmitt's header off a corner from Danny Reynolds made it 2-1 in the 71st minute for the Cardinals. Cherif Dieye scored in the final 10 seconds to seal the deal.
"It starts with a team effort. I thought the energy and the effort were awesome," U of L coach Ken Lolla said. "We had a little bit of a lull in the first half but I though the second half we handled much better, especially after (Notre Dame) scored. I think that was like poking the bear a little bit. We came out more aggressive and dominated the game from there on in."
U of L is now 14-5-2 on the season and is one of five ACC teams in the Elite Eight.
No. 2 seed Wake Forest, No. 3 seed Clemson, No. 4 seed U of L and No. 9 seed North Carolina will all host Elite Eight games. The Cardinals outshot the Fighting Irish 8-7 and beat Notre Dame for the second time this season.
The 14 wins for Louisville are the most since they were 14-6-1 in 2012. The Cardinals, who moved to 10-2-1 at home this season with Sunday's result, are 10-5-1 all-time at Lynn Stadium against ranked opponents.
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