Oct. 21, 2017
By Megan Golden
CORAL GABLES, Fla. ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” Coming off a thrilling come-from-behind victory on Thursday, the University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team will face Miami at noon ET on Sunday at Cobb Stadium.
After that 4-3 win over Florida State on Thursday, Notre Dame will now look to top Miami to gain even more ground in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings as the conference tournament draws near. At 4-3-1 (13 points), the Irish are currently tied for fifth in the standings and just two points behind third.
The Irish are seeking their fifth road win of the season and their third win in their last four matches.
Notre Dame will look to its defense and goalkeeper Lexi Nicholas to limit the Hurricanes offensively. The Irish have posted six team shutouts in net this season, including two prior shutouts against No. 24 NC State (4-0 on Sept. 24) and Syracuse (2-0 on Oct. 8) in ACC play.
Notre Dame owns an 8-2 record all-time against the Hurricanes. The Irish last faced Miami on Oct. 27, 2016, when Notre Dame defeated the Hurricanes 2-0 at Alumni Stadium. Notre Dame will try to win its first game in Coral Gables, Florida, since Oct. 14, 2001, when it shut out Miami 4-0.
Notre Dame has gone 6-1 on Sunday in 2017. The Irish have played on Thursday three times (1-1-1), on Friday five times (0-3-2), on Saturday once (1-0) and Sunday seven times (6-1).
All six of Notre Dame’s Sunday victories have come in the afternoon, including four at home (Ball St., Santa Clara, NC State and Syracuse) and two on the road (at Iowa and at Toledo).
Last Time Out
In the opening match of Notre Dame’s current two-game road swing, the Fighting Irish posted a dramatic 4-3 comeback win at No. 18 Florida State on Thursday (Oct. 19). Freshman Sammi Fisher scored a game-winning goal on a pass from Sabrina Flores in the 88th minute (87:35). The goal, which was the midfielder’s first game winner, secured Notre Dame’s eighth win of the season. Jennifer Westendorf’s also scored two goals in the game to bring her season total to a career-high eight goals.
Coming Up Next
Notre Dame wraps its 2017 regular season with a 7 p.m. ET matchup at North Carolina on Thursday. The game will be streamed live by ACC Network Extra/WatchESPN.
Megan Golden, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since August of 2016. In her role, she coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame women’s soccer and cross country/track and field programs. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Golden is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mary’s College and former Irish women’s basketball manager. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, she worked in public relations with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.