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Irish men advance to NCAA soccer final

CHESTER, Pa. – Patrick Hodan led Notre Dame to its first NCAA men’s soccer final, scoring twice in the Irish’s 2-0 semifinal victory over New Mexico on Friday night at PPL Park.

Notre Dame (16-1-6) will face the Maryland-Virginia winner in the title game Sunday.

Hodan has scored in six straight games, the last four in the NCAA tournament, and has 11 goals this season.

Harrison Shipp, a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy as the nation’s best player, assisted on both goals.

In the seventh minute, Shipp shook off a defender and found Hodan in the box for a shot that snapped New Mexico’s shutout streak at 317 minutes. The Irish scored again in the 65th minute when Hodan pounced on a rebound in the box after Vince Cicciarelli hit the crossbar.

Goalkeeper Patrick Wall made five saves to blank the Lobos (14-6-2).

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.

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