Notre Dame sophomore forward/midfielder/defender Cari Roccaro was one of 31 players (and just three sophomores) named to the 2013 Hermann Trophy Watch List, it was announced Tuesday by the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Irish Win 4-3 Over Mexico On Roccaro Goal In Stoppage Time

April 5, 2013

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Freshman Cari Roccaro (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip) scored the game-winning goal during stoppage time Friday night to send the University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team to a thrilling 4-3 spring exhibition victory over the Mexico Under-20 National Team at Alumni Stadium.

Roccaro broke free on a rush and navigated nicely through the Mexican defense, blasting the winning tally over the right shoulder of keeper Alejandra Gutierrez more than three minutes into stoppage time for the game-winning score.

Notre Dame outshot Mexico 17-14 during the match, including 9-6 during the second half. The Fighting Irish also held a 6-2 edge in corner kicks attempted.

Sophomore forward Karin Simonian (Westbury, N.Y./W.T. Clarke) got the Fighting Irish on the board in the 18th minute, drilling a strike from 25 yards out over the head of Mexico’s Gutierrez to give Notre Dame a 1-0 lead. The shot was the first of the match for the Fighting Irish.

Mexico picked up the equalizer in the 30th minute, as a blast by Tanya Samarzich from the left box found the right corner of the mesh to even the score at 1-1. Notre Dame nearly answered in the 33rd minute, but a strike from freshman forward Crystal Thomas (Elgin, Ill./Wheaton Academy) went just outside of the far post from 11 yards out.

Notre Dame regained the lead in the 55th minute after a perfectly executed set piece. Freshman defender Katie Naughton (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Elk Grove) finished a header in the box off a beautiful Thomas corner, giving the Fighting Irish a 2-1 advantage. Mexico answered less than two minutes later, as Samarzich buried her second goal of the match on a break up field to square the contest at 2-2.

Samarzich broke the tie with her third goal of the night in the 77th minute, weaving through the Notre Dame defense before driving a strike to the bottom right of the cage to vault Mexico back in front 3-2.

The Fighting Irish would not be denied, as Roccaro received a through pass from junior midfielder Mandy Laddish (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Lee’s Summit) and sent a nifty cross into the box in the 85th minute. Thomas put home the loose ball for the Notre Dame equalizer, tying the contest at 3-all.

Freshman goalkeeper Naomi Willett (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) went the distance in the Notre Dame net, recording two saves in 90-plus minutes.

The Fighting Irish resume the spring schedule Saturday with a pair of matches at the Notre Dame Practice Field. The Fighting Irish are scheduled to play at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in a four-team event that will also involve Iowa, IPFW and Grand Valley State.

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Mexico U-20 1 – 2 — 3
Notre Dame 1 – 3 — 4

ND 1. Karin Simonian (-) 18:39. Mex 1. Tanya Samarzich (-) 30:37. ND 2. Katie Naughton (Crystal Thomas) 54:52. Mex 2. Samarzich 2 (-) 57:40. Mex 3. Samarzich 3 (-) 77:44. ND 3. Crystal Thomas (Cari Roccaro, Mandy Laddish) 85.00. ND 4. Cari Roccaro (-) 90.00.

Total Shots: Mexico U-20 14 (8-6), Notre Dame 17 (8-9)
Shots On Goal: Mexico U-20 5 (3-2), Notre Dame 9 (4-5)
Saves: Mexico U-20 5 (Alejandra Gutierrez 5 in 90:00), Notre Dame 2 (Naomi Willett 2 in 90:00)
Corner Kicks: Mexico U-20 2 (1-1), Notre Dame 6 (4-2)
Offsides: Mexico U-20 1, Notre Dame 1