Notre Dame soccer wins after earning top national ranking

NOW: Notre Dame soccer wins after earning top national ranking

Notre Dame men's soccer has boasted plenty of success on the field in recent years, and that trend continued this week.

The Irish were named the top team in the nation, grabbing the number one ranking from Indiana University in the latest coaches poll.

However, Notre Dame's perfect record was put on the line at Alumni Stadium Tuesday night as the previously-ranked Bowling Green Falcons came to town. The Irish overcame the tough task, winning 2-1 behind a first-half goal from Jon Gallagher and the game-winner in the second half by Thomas Ueland.

"They equalized really early, about five minutes into the second half," said Fighting Irish coach Bobby Clark after the win. "I have no nails left if you look! It wasn't an easy game for us, so I'm very happy. I'm very happy with the result."

While Clark said postgame that he was not even aware of the new ranking, Notre Dame avoided a letdown, staying undefeated on the season with a 6-0-0 record. However, the schedule continues its difficulty as Virginia Tech awaits the Irish, followed by a meeting with the other in-state power, Indiana University.

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