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Overtime goal carries Louisville soccer to Sweet 16

Via @UofLMensSoccer
Via @UofLMensSoccer

Tate Schmitt's header less than four minutes into the first golden goal overtime period sent the Louisville men's soccer team into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament via a 2-1 triumph over visiting UCLA on Sunday.

The goal from Schmitt was the fourth of the season for the first team All-ACC performer, and sent the Cards to the third round of the Big Dance for the fifth time in five seasons. U of L missed the NCAA Tournament completely last season for the first time in a decade.

"We had a long build up and (Daniel Johnson) was making a run before he played it outside to Danny. I was just trying to draw my run back waiting for him to serve it. Luckily, it came right over the center back and found my head," Schmitt said of the sequence leading to the game-winning goal. "The serve from Danny was beautiful. You couldn't ask for anything else. It sat right on my head."

Louisville's national championship dreams will be back on the line when the fourth-seeded Cardinals host No. 13 seed Notre Dame on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Lynn Stadium. The Fighting Irish advanced out of the second round with a 1-0 win over Loyola Chicago. The Cards defeated Notre Dame 1-0 at Lynn back on Sept. 16 when the Irish were unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the country.

Here's the updated NCAA Tournament bracket after two rounds of play.