ROCHESTER, Michigan — The University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team closed out its road trip with a win when the Irish defeated Oakland 1-0 Sunday afternoon at Oakland Soccer Field.
“I was proud of the way we battled this afternoon,” said head coach Nate Norman. “Our defense has been playing great and they really limited any chances Oakland had during the game.”
Eva Hurm had Irish goal in the first half after an extended period of pressure from the Irish in the offensive zone. Sammi Fisher kept the play alive in the corner and sent a cross into the box. The ball deflected out to the top of the box where Hurm volleyed it out of the air and into the top corner of the net for the goal.
The Irish (6-0) defense had another smothering outing against the Grizzlies (2-1-1). They did not allow a single shot for the entire game and it was their fewest shots allowed in a game since 2015. The Irish tallied their third-straight shutout and fifth of the season as they have allowed just one goal through six games.
How it Happened
The Irish controlled much of the possession in the first half and had a number of shots in the opening 30 minutes. Notre Dame had the first five shots of the game but they were all saved by Leas, the Oakland keeper.
The offensive pressure paid off in the 31st minute after another chance in the offensive zone. Sammi Fisher sent a ball into the box for Brooke VanDyck but the Grizzle defense sent it out of the box. Hurm was all over it and volleyed a strike into the top right corner for the first goal of the match. It was Hurm’s third goal of the season, which is the team high.
In the second half, a number of the reserves saw extended playing time as the Irish were playing their second game in under 48 hours. All in all, 21 players saw the field against Oakland.
With the win, the Irish tallied their longest win streak since the 2014 season and their longest win streak to begin a season since 2008.
Stats of the Match
- The Irish have won six straight games to start the season for the first time since 2008. It is their first six-game win streak since 2014.
- The Irish did not allow a shot for the entire game. It is the fewest shots allowed in a game since October 8, 2015 when the Irish gave up just one shot in a 1-0 win over Syracuse.
- Notre Dame has five shutouts in the first six games, the most since the start of the 2016 season when they had six in the first seven games.
Coming Up Next
The Irish will head back to campus and prepare for an undefeated showdown on the road. Notre Dame will travel to Columbia, SC to take on No. 7 South Carolina Thursday night. First touch is set for 7 p.m. ET and it will be broadcast on the SEC Network.