NOTRE DAME, Indiana — With midterms coming around on campus, the Notre Dame women’s soccer team is heading to the halfway point of ACC play. The Irish are 2-2 in conference play this year as they host the Miami Hurricanes Thursday night at Alumni Stadium. The Hurricanes are the third-straight home opponent the Irish are undefeated against at Notre Dame. The Irish are 7-0 all-time against Miami at home heading into Thursday’s matchup.
Know the Opponent: Miami Hurricanes
- The Irish are 9-2 all-time against the Hurricanes and are a perfect 7-0 in games at Notre Dame.
- The last time the two teams faced each other, the Irish came out on top 2-1 on Oct. 22, 2017 in Coral Gables. Natalie Jacobs tallied her 10th goal of the season and Meghan Doyle netted the game winner shortly before the end of the first half.
- Miami is traveling to South Bend for the first time since Oct. 27, 2016 when they visited on Senior Night for the Irish. Sandra Yu and Kaleigh Olmsted netted both goals as the win for the Irish secured the regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference title and the top seed into the ACC Championship.
- Miami enters the game with a 3-5-2 record and 0-3-1 in the ACC. They are coming off a 3-0 lost to top-ranked Virginia last weekend. They are the direction of second-year head coach Sarah Barnes.
- Thursday’s game against the Hurricanes will be Notre Dame’s annual SEGway game where proceeds will benefit the the Segway Project, a nonprofit organization that uses soccer to empower girls in the developing world and helps them achieve their potential both on and off the field. The organization was founded by former Irish soccer player Lindsay Brown (’12). Donations to Segway supports a girl’s soccer fees (at Kopila Valley in Nepal) for the school year (i.e., cost of jersey, cleats, soccer ball/equipment, transportation to/from games, game day meal if game is on weekend).
Irish Facts and Figures
- With the 3-0 win over Syracuse, the Irish improved to 5-1 at home this season. They have posted five shutouts in six games at Alumni Stadium and have outscored opponents 18-3 in those games.
- Notre Dame has notched seven shutouts in 12 games this season and are outscoring opponents 23-10 this season.
- Eva Hurm scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season in the 3-0 win over Syracuse. Hurm also is tied for the team lead in points with 12.
- Luisa Delgado is tied for the team in points (12) and assists (4). She has started all but one game this season after missing the entire 2018 season due to injury.
- Brooke Littman leads the squad with four shutouts in five games this season. She has only allowed four goals in 540:00 minutes of game time, good for a 0.67 goals against average.
- 10 different players have scored so far this season after only eight different players scored during the entire 2018 campaign.
- The Irish have four players that have tallied a brace so far this season. Eva Hurm and Luisa Delgado scored twice against Northwestern and Autumn Smithers scored both goals against Western Michigan. Kiki Van Zanten was the latest Irish to tally a brace in the win over Pitt.
Irish Defense Leads to 3-0 win over Syracuse
- The Irish continued his strong play at home with the 3-0 win last Friday against Syracuse.
- Notre Dame got up early in the fifth minute after earning a throw-in in the offensive third. Shannon Hendricks tossed it into Sammi Fisher who flicked the ball over her head into the box. Eva Hurm beat her defender to the ball and headed it home for her team-leading fifth goal of the season.
- The Irish lead doubled in the second half after Hurm’s pass into the box deflected off a Syracuse defender into the back of the net for an own goal.
- The final goal of the match came off a superb shot from Luisa Delgado. After making a run just outside the box, she sent a curling shot past the Syracuse keeper for the goal.
- Brooke Littman tallied her fourth shutout of the season after the Irish did not allow a shot for the second time this season.