Notre Dame soccer: Irish, Maryland share ACC title

Staff reports
ND Insider

It didn't take the Notre Dame men's soccer team long to make an impact in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The top-ranked Fighting Irish defeated Pittsburgh, 2-0, Friday evening at Alumni Stadium to lock up a share of the ACC regular-season title in their first season in the league. Notre Dame finished tied with Maryland atop the conference standings.

The Irish (11-1-5, 7-1-3) now will shift their focus to the postseason. Notre Dame is the No. 2 seed for the ACC Championship and will host Duke Tuesday in the quarterfinals. The match is slated for 7 p.m. (ET) at Alumni Stadium

"The ACC is the best league in the country and winning it is a terrific accomplishment," Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark said.

Against Pittsburgh, the Irish held a 13-1 advantage in shots on goal and also earned 14 corner kicks compared to one for the Panthers (1-11-4, 0-9-2).

Patrick Wall needed to stop only one shot for his seventh shutout of the season.

Notre Dame scored in the 38th minute when Harrison Shipp converted a penalty kick.

Vince Cicciarelli scored in the 81st minute when he buried his shot into the upper netting from six yards away.