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Irish and Purdue Play to Scoreless Draw

Aug. 11, 2018

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By Matt Paras

The 14th-ranked Notre Dame women’s soccer team closed out the preseason with an intrastate tilt Saturday night against Purdue. The Irish and Boilermakers had a strong defensive battle in West Lafayette and after 90 minutes, neither team put one in the back of the net and the game ended in a 0-0 draw.

How it Happened

Neither team got off to a quick start as both defenses controlled the pace of play. After the opening 30 minutes of play, only three shots were taken by both teams with the Irish holding a 2-1 advantage.

The Irish had the best chance between the two teams in the first half and it came just five minutes prior to halftime. Natalie Ward fired off a shot but Katie Luce was able to make the save for the Boilermakers. The teams went into the break deadlocked at 0-0.

It was more of the same in the second half as offensive opportunities were hard to come by until the final 10 minutes of play.

In the 81st minute, the Irish had back-to-back great chances to break the scoreless tie. Brooke VanDyck had the first shot of the possession and it was blocked by a Purdue defender. Bailey Cartwright was able to corral the rebound and get a shot off but Marisa Bova made the save.

Then with two minutes remaining, both teams had a chance to score the game-winning goal. The Boilermakers earned their first shot on goal of the evening when Kylie Hase headed a chance on net but Brooke Littman was in the right spot and made the save.

The Irish pushed the ball up looking for the late goal as time was winding down. Sammi Fisher got a look on goal with with 15 seconds remaining but her shot was blocked and the game finished 0-0.

Notre Dame limited Purdue to just four shots on the night and one shot on goal, which came in the final two minutes. Mattie Interian made the start in goal for the Irish and Littman came on in the second half.

Stat of the Match

  • Notre Dame outshot Purdue 14-4 Saturday night. The Irish had seven different players record a shot with Fisher and VanDyck leading the team with four shots each.

Coming Up Next

Notre Dame opens its regular season against Central Michigan at 7 p.m. ET Thursday, August 16 at Alumni Stadium. Fans can purchase tickets to the opener and any regular season home game by clicking here.

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Matt Paras, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since January 2018. In his role, he coordinates all media efforts for Notre Dame women’s soccer, baseball and assists in ice hockey. A native of Warwick, Rhode Island, Paras is a graduate of the University of Louisville where he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sport Administration. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, he worked at Vanderbilt University as the sports information contact for the women’s soccer and lacrosse programs.