No. 10 Notre Dame welcomes No. 13 Clemson for the ACC opener at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 13 at Alumni Stadium. The match will be available to stream live on ACCNX.
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THE CLEMSON SERIES
• The Irish and Tigers will meet on the pitch for the ninth time in program history on Friday evening.
• The Irish lead the all-time series against Clemson, holding a record of 5-2-1.
• Notre Dame and Clemson have played at Notre Dame on two occasions, as the Irish have recorded wins in both matchups.
• The Irish have won five of the last six matchups in the series.
• Notre Dame has held the Tigers to one or no goals in seven of the eight prior matchups.
• The most recent fixture in the series came last season in the ACC Tournament, as Notre Dame claimed a 2-0 victory on Oct. 31, 2018 at Alumni Stadium.
LYNN IN TOP FORM
• Sophomore striker Jack Lynn has started the 2019 season on fire, scoring a goal in each of his first three matches.
• After scoring goals in wins over Seattle and Denver the sophomore was named the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament MVP.
• Lynn has already matched his goal tally from last season with three goals.
THE SETUP MEN
• Felicien Dumas and Ian Aschieris have excelled as creators through three matches for the Irish, as they have combined for five assists.
• Aschieris leads the team with three assists while Dumas has had two via set piece deliveries.
• Dumas is the active leader for career assists with 16.
• As a team the Irish have racked up eight assists on eight goals this season.
• 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.
• Jack Lynn scored in the seventh minute in the win over Seattle.
ASCHIERIS, CASEY AND 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.
TOUGHEST SCHEDULE 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 is set to face five of the top 10 ranked teams in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll in No. 1 Wake Forest, No. 2 Duke, No. 4 Indiana, No. 6 Virginia, and No. 9 Virginia Tech.
• Seven of the 16 teams on Notre Dame’s regular-season schedule are currently ranked.
• Ten of the sides the Irish are scheduled to face qualified for the 2018 NCAA tourney.
BERTICELLI MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
• The Irish won the Berticelli Memorial Tournament last weekend after defeating Seattle (4-2) and Denver (1-0).
• The Irish have claimed the tournament championship nine times: 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019.
• Notre Dame improved to 24-3-5 (.828) all-time in the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament.