Notre Dame vs Clemson live score, result, updates, highlights from 2023 NCAA men’s soccer national championship

The ACC will have its third straight men’s soccer national champion confirmed today as No. 4 Notre Dame meet No. 14 Clemson in the 2023 NCAA title match.

Notre Dame have been one of the country’s most dominant sides throughout the season, losing just twice all year, but they were pipped by Wake Forest to the regular season title and disappointingly bounced by Louisville in the first round of the ACC tournament, falling short of their conference goals. The Irish could put all that behind them by winning the school’s second-ever national championship.

The 2021 title winners Clemson opened the season in disappointing fashion, falling out of the national rankings, but surged through the second half of the campaign, culminating with an ACC tournament title by knocking off UNC on penalties. They haven’t lost since a close defeat at Wake Forest in mid-September, a run of 13 straight matches including their most recent 1-0 win over No. 5 West Virginia in the College Cup semifinals.

This game represents a rematch of the 2021 College Cup semifinals when Clemson won on a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw – where they defeated Washington 2-0 in the final to win the national championship.

The Sporting News is following the 2023 NCAA women’s soccer championship match between Notre Dame and Clemson live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

2023 NCAA men’s soccer championship live score

  Score (HT) Goal scorers
Clemson 1 Parrish (27′)
Notre Dame 0

Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT
Location: Lynn Family Stadium (Louisville, KY)
Referee: Dimitar Chavdarov

2023 NCAA men’s soccer championship live updates, highlights, commentary

HALFTIME: Clemson 1-0 Notre Dame

Brandon Parrish’s moment of brilliance is the difference between the two national finalists at the halftime break! Notre Dame started slow but grew into the match and built themselves up as halftime approached.

There’s still a lot to come between these two evenly-matched teams, but Clemson are unbeaten this year when leading at the half! The Fighting Irish have a mountain to climb if they are to turn this around against one of the country’s most in-form teams.

Clemson vs Notre Dame: First Half

42nd min: The first yellow card of the game is shown to Clemson defender Pape Mar Boye who bulldozes Matthew Roou with an elbow to the back of the Notre Dame forward on an aerial duel. Deserved booking for sure.

39th min: Chance, Clemson! Mohamed Seye comes very close to doubling Clemson’s lead! A great cross from Alex Meinhard on the right meets Seye at the top of the six-yard box, but his first-time redirect goes just inches wide of the far post!

37th min: Notre Dame are building their pressure, and there’s a massive penalty shout as KK Baffour goes down in the penalty area as Clemson defender Gael Gibert challenged from behind. The referee waves play on and the Notre Dame bench is livid!

On first glance it didn’t appear as if there was much contact between the two at all, and replay confirms that the contact was minimal. Well done by the match official to keep from being drawn by that.

32nd min: Chance, Notre Dame! A Notre Dame free-kick is delivered to the head of Daniel Russo at the far post, but the Irish forward can’t keep the shot on frame, directing it wide while aiming for the far top corner. A good run but lacked a finish!

30th min: Chance, Notre Dame! A lovely little chipped ball from KK Baffour falls to Matt Roou with his back to goal. He chests it down and rips a volley on the turn which requires another good save by Joseph Andema!

27th min: GOAL! CLEMSON! The corner kick delivers the first goal of the match! The initial ball is short and cleared by the first man, but it falls right to Brandon Parrish, who rips a SENSATIONAL strike from nearly 25 yards out that buries into the back of the net. It’s an absolute rip that bends away from the goalkeeper!

In the aftermath, Notre Dame goalkeeper Bryan Dowd comes up holding his shoulder. He stays in, but it seems his dive may have caused some pain, so we’ll see how it affects him moving forward.

26th min: Play is stopped as Shawn Smart is caught in the face by a trailing arm from Paddy Burns in the attacking half. Smart is up and ok, and Clemson have a dangerous free-kick chance that basically doubles as a corner kick. Tyler Trimnal appeared to get his head to the ball but it’s cleared out for an actual corner.

23rd min: Clemson right-back Shawn Smart has begun to prove influential on the overlap, as the combination of Smart and Tyler Trimnal is pestering the Notre Dame back line with a few good crosses to the far post. No Clemson attackers have yet been in position to take advantage.

20th min: Both sides have had a few half-chances over the past 10 minutes or so, but neither team seems to be putting their opponent under serious threat. The back lines, to this point, have gained good control over the match.

7th min: Chance, Notre Dame! The Fighting Irish get on the ball and unlock the Clemson defense with a big switch of possession. It gets Daniel Russo open from a tight angle on the right, but his shot is saved well by Joseph Andema! The angle was very difficult to find an opening from but it still required a smart save to keep the chance out.

4th min: Since the instant prod forward for Notre Dame, Clemson have controlled the entirety of possession in the early going. If this is a foreshadowing of the game at large, the Irish are in trouble. Stanford absorbed waves of pressure from Florida State in the women’s title game, and even their nationally renowned defense wasn’t able to keep up.

1st min: Right out of the gates there’s some danger for Clemson goalkeeper Joseph Andema to deal with! He smothers a long ball that nearly unlocks their defense seconds into the match.

Kickoff: They’re under way in Louisville! An all-ACC battle has commenced for the national title, and one of these two dominant programs will win an NCAA championship!

Clemson vs Notre Dame: Pre-match commentary, analysis, stats, and more

15 mins to kickoff: Clemson head coach Mike Noonan wants his team to leave a legacy in tonight’s game. That’s the prize on the line in the national championship game! Once you win it, nobody can take that away from you. For those on the Tigers who can win a second title, they would enter a new class of college soccer immortality.

30 mins to kickoff: Today’s venue, Lynn Family Stadium, will host the NCAA national championship game for the first time. This stadium seats 11,700 fans, the regular home of NWSL side Racing Louisville and USL Championship club Louisville City SC. It’s a brand new venue, only opening in 2020!

45 mins to kickoff: Since falling to Wake Forest in late September, Clemson has reinvented its defensive solidity, transforming the team behind an already dangerous attacking unit. The Tigers have conceded more than one goal exactly one time, in a 3-3 thriller against Duke in the ACC tournament.

They’ve taken even another step in the NCAA Tournament, yet to concede a single goal this entire competition through four games, eight goals unanswered since UNC’s opener in the 49th minute of the ACC tournament final.

1 hour to kickoff: Ousmane Sylla has worked his way up the attacking ranks since joining Clemson back in 2020. He earned a starting role last season but managed to bag just five goals in 18 starts, before blossoming into a full-blown goal threat this season with 12 goals and 10 assists, becoming one of just two players in the nation with double-digit goals and assists.

Sylla hails from the SIMA academy in Florida, which has a heavy link-up with developing talent from Senegal. He played under former Clemson stars Justin Malou and Hamady Diop, both of whom also hail from Senegal and were selected in the MLS draft, with Diop going first overall in 2023.

Now, Sylla has made the Clemson attack his own and could be the next Tiger star to go high in the MLS selection process. He’s a semifinalist for this year’s top collegiate award, the Mac Hermann trophy.

1 hour 15 mins to kickoff: In such a brutal conference, winning ACC Coach of the Year is a very high honor. Doing so without winning the regular season championship is an even bigger accomplishment. That’s exactly what Notre Dame boss Chad Riley did this season, beating highly regarded Wake Forest head coach Bobby Muus to the crown.

The only other time a Notre Dame coach won the honor was back in 2013, when Bobby Clark led the side to the national title. Can Riley make good on that premonition?

1 hour 30 mins to kickoff: The ACC was the nation’s toughest conference top to bottom this season, by a country mile. It’s regular season champion Wake Forest hit No. 1 in the nation through the middle of the season, but the Demon Deacons fell short in both the ACC and NCAA tournament. Clemson surged to win the tournament, but if Notre Dame were to win today, it would mark three different winners in three different arenas.

Next year, the conference is going to get even more brutal as they add Stanford, Cal and SMU thanks to the fallout from the Pac-12’s demise. SMU finished the season ranked second in the country, while Stanford ranked 22nd and Cal were in the polls at various points throughout the year. It’s a gauntlet of a conference, with talent spread across the nation, which is fun and daunting at the same time.

Clemson vs Notre Dame lineups, team news

The Clemson front line is led by first-team All American forward Ousmane Sylla, an experienced forward who hails from the SIMA program in Montverde, Florida – which has built a strong connection to locating and developing talent from Senegal. He played a significant role in the 2021 national championship team and is the Tigers’ leading scorer this season with 12 goals, including a hat-trick against Boston College in October.

Their leading creative duties are largely carried by winger Alex Meinhard, who is joint-leader with five assists. Nathan Richmond has equalled that mark, but has only just returned from injury, coming off the bench in the last two matches. In his place on the right flank is Tyler Trimnal who has been exceptional in his expanded role, with five goals and two assists despite just eight starts on the year.

Clemson starting lineup (4-3-3): Andema (GK) — Smart, Gibert, Boye, Duquenne — Parrish, Gerbet, Lundegard — Trimnal, Sylla, Meinhard.

Clemson subs: Mohamed Seye.

Notre Dame is led from the back, with goalkeeper Bryan Dowd appearing as the team’s lone All American named in the first team. Dowd became the first Notre Dame player ever named ACC Goalkeeper of the Year, conceding just eight goals in 15 conference matches while his 11 shutouts are second in the country. Dowd’s .841 save percentage ranks seventh in the nation, and it’s come on a higher volume of efforts, with his 69 saves more than anyone above him on the save percentage chart.

Striker Matthew Roou is the team’s second-leading scorer with 10 goals, but sophomore Eno Nto impressively leads the squad with 11 goals despite recently coming off the bench. He’s got four goals as a substitute this season, but does damage from the start as well, bagging four goals against a highly-ranked Pitt side back in late October.

Notre Dame starting lineup (4-4-2): Dowd (GK) — Burns, Ramsey, Ferguson, Genenbacher — Baffour, O’Brien, Boneau, Russo — Nto, Rou.

Notre Dame subs: Nolan Spicer.

How to watch 2023 NCAA men’s soccer championship

  • TV channel: ESPNU
  • Streaming: Fubo, ESPN+, WatchESPN

The entirety of the 2023 NCAA men’s and women’s College Cup will be televised on ESPNU, with both the semifinals and finals broadcast live on the channel.

The matches can be streamed on ESPN+ or WatchESPN for those with valid login credentials, while ESPNU can also be found on Fubo.

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