No. 15 Notre Dame continues its three match road swing with an ACC showdown in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Irish and Tar Heels are scheduled to square off at 6 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 20. The match will be broadcast on ACCN and also available to stream live on via the WatchESPN app (subscription required).
THE NORTH CAROLINA SERIES
• The Irish and Tar Heels will meet on the pitch for the eighth time on Friday evening.
• The Irish trail the Tar Heels in the series at 2-3-2.
• Notre Dame and North Carolina played a double overtime match at Alumni Stadium, with the Tar Heels escaping with a 1-0 win.
• The Irish were victorious in their last away match against UNC, defeating the No. 3 Tar Heels in Cary, North Carolina in the ACC quarterfinals on Nov. 5, 2017 by a score of 2-1.
LYNN IN TOP FORM
• Sophomore striker Jack Lynn has started the 2019 season on fire, scoring a goal in four of his first five matches.
• Lynn’s four goals are the most by any player on the team and rank ninth in the country in goals per game.
• After scoring goals in wins over Seattle and Denver the sophomore was named the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament MVP.
• Lynn has already surpassed his goal tally from last season (three goals).
• Felicien Dumas has already scored two goals this season off set pieces.
• The graduate student has free kick goals against Seattle and Clemson and has added two assists.
• Dumas scored the goal of the season for the Irish in 2018, curling an effort into the top right corner in a 3-2 win over Syracuse.
• Dumas is the active leader for career assists with 16.
• The Irish have scored two goals in the first 10 minutes of matches this season.
• In the season opener Notre Dame scored a goal in the second minute (1:12) of play, marking the quickest goal to start a season in program history.
• Freshman Mohammad Abualnadi scored the first goal off a rebound from a Felicien Dumas free kick.
• The goal scored at 1:12 is tied for the second fastest goal scored to open a match since 1995.
• The Irish have scored first in four of five matches this season.
ASCHIERIS, CASEY & DUMAS NAMED TEAM CAPTAINS
• Graduate students Ian Aschieris and Felicien Dumas along with senior Jack Casey will wear the captains armbands for the Irish in 2019.
• The trio of captains played a large role in Notre Dame’s success last season. The three players combined to play in 61 matches during the 2018 campaign, earning 54 starts.
ONE OF THE TOUGHEST SCHEDULES IN THE COUNTRY
• The Irish have never shied away from playing a challenging slate of opponents and the 2019 schedule looks to be no different.
• Notre Dame has or will play four of the top 10 ranked teams in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll in No. 1 Wake Forest, No. 4 Indiana, No. 5 Virginia, and No. 7 Clemson.
• Seven of the 16 teams on Notre Dame’s regular-season schedule are currently ranked in the top 20
• Ten of the sides the Irish are scheduled to face qualified for the 2018 NCAA tourney.