NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Following Notre Dame’s 1-0 upset win over No. 13 Louisville last weekend, junior goalkeeper Mattie Interian was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday morning.
“Mattie played fantastic against Louisville,” said head coach Nate Norman. “She has been steady and consistent for us all season, but the goal line save she made against Louisville was one of those that just makes you stop and say ‘wow’. It has been fun watching her development this season and we are excited for what the future holds for her.”
Interian was a strong presence in net on Sunday as the Irish picked up a crucial three points as the conference season winds down.
The Pasadena, Calif. native tallied three saves in the win and collected her fourth shutout of the season (three solo, one combined). After the Irish took the lead in the 69th minute, Interian made two crucial saves in the final 10 minutes as Louisville was looking for the equalizer.
In the 83rd minute, the Cardinals had their best chance off a corner kick that fell to the foot of Nadege L’Esperance inside the six-yard box. L’Esperance turned to take a shot on net but Interian was right on the spot and stopped the shot with her left hand and deflected it out and away from goal.
Notre Dame improved to 4-3 on the season with the win and all four wins have come via a shutout. The Irish close out the conference regular season slate on Sunday when they travel to No. 1 North Carolina. Sunday’s match will air nationally on ACC Network and kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. ET.