July 21, 2017
By Megan Golden
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — University of Notre Dame women’s soccer sophomore Natalie Jacobs was selected to the Under-23 Women’s National Team roster on Friday for its camp in Seattle, Washington, from July 21-28.
Jacobs and the U-23 WNT topped Norway 3-0, tied England 0-0 and defeated Sweden 2-1 at the Women’s U-23 Four Nations Nordic Tournament in Sweden in June.
As part of the camp in July, the U-23 WNT will compete against the Seattle Sounders Women at 6 p.m. on July 24 at Husky Soccer Stadium at the University of Washington.
The U-23 WNT and the full U.S. Women’s National Team will train simultaneously in Seattle.
Jacobs and the U.S. U-20s fell to Korea DPR in extra time during the World Cup semifinal. Jacobs played all 91 minutes of the semifinal match and totaled three appearances on the tournament.
Jacobs played a key role in helping the U.S. program win its fourth consecutive CONCACAF title in 2015 in Honduras, earning the automatic bid to the World Cup. Following that performance, Jacobs was named to the CONCACAF Championship Best XI team.
The Coto de Caza, California, native was a difference-maker on the 2015 Irish squad as a freshman. She totaled four goals and five assists in 20 games and was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team and the Top Drawer Soccer Freshman Best XI Second Team. She missed the 2016 NCAA season while training with the U.S. ahead of the World Cup.
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.