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A pair of historic victories propelled the Georgetown and Notre Dame women’s soccer teams into the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship. In third round action this past weekend, the Hoyas won 1-0 at Minnesota, while No. 7/10 Notre Dame won 4-1 at No. 3/4 North Carolina.
Playing in their second NCAA Championship, the Hoyas their first win over a Big Ten team. The victory also was Georgetown’s record 15th on the year.
Down on Tobacco Road, Notre Dame handed Carolina its worst loss in 30 years. Senior forward/midfielder Rose Augustin collected a goal and two assists, and junior forward Melissa Henderson added a goal and an assist.
Saturday's win over two-time defending national champion North Carolina was notable for numerous reasons, particularly due to the offensive eruption the Fighting Irish produced on the Tar Heels' home turf. In fact, it was the first time UNC lost a match by multiple goals since Nov. 24, 1985, when the Tar Heels dropped a 2-0 decision at George Mason (a run of 607 matches) and the first time UNC had ever yielded four goals on its home pitch to a college opponent.
It also represented the most goals allowed by North Carolina in a single match during the NCAA era (1982-present) with Harvard the only college program ever to score more goals against the Tar Heels, posting a 5-3 win over UNC on Nov. 16, 1980 at the AIAW Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Seeded fourth in their quadrant of the NCAA bracket, the Fighting Irish (18-2-2) will move on to face Oklahoma State in the NCAA quarterfinals at 7 p.m. CT / 8 p.m. ET Friday at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex in Stillwater, Okla.
The Hoyas, who improved to 15-6-2 overall, advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Championship, where the team will face Ohio State. Georgetown will play the Buckeyes on Friday, Nov. 26 at 5 p.m.
"I'm thrilled for the kids," GU head coach Dave Nolan said. "They work hard and as the season has gone on, we've gotten better and better. The schedule we put together this year has really helped because I think they can see that they can play anyone in the country. There a confidence about them now that has really carried us."
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