Aug. 14, 1998
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame women’s soccer head coach Chris Petrucelli has announced the appointment of former Notre Dame women’s soccer All-American and current U.S. women’s soccer national team member Kate Sobrero as volunteer assistant women’s soccer coach. Sobrero joins sixth-year assistant coach Carla Chin-Baker and second-year assistant coach Sue-Moy Chin as a member of Petrucelli’s staff. She will work closely with the defenders in addition to helping with the day-to-day coaching and administrative duties of the women’s soccer program.
The Bloomfield Hills, Mich., native starred for Notre Dame from 1994-97 and was the NCAA tournament defensive MVP as the Irish won the 1995 NCAA championship. From 1995-97, Sobrero was named All-America three times by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and was voted BIG EAST Conference defensive player of the year as a senior in 97. Notre Dame played in three NCAA championship games, four NCAA semifinals, won four conference titles and compiled a 91-6-4 record during her four years. Sobrero graduated from the College of Science in May of 1998 with a science-business degree.
Sobrero was invited to the U.S. national team camp in April prior to two games against Argentina and was selected for the roster. Since then, she has played in eight games for the U.S. national team over the summer and has started four games. Sobrero started both games to help the U.S. win the Goodwill Games title.
The Irish are coming off a 23-1-1 season in which they advanced to their fourth straight NCAA championship semifinal appearance and won their third straight BIG EAST title. With nine starters returning from the ’97 team, Notre Dame opens its season Sept. 1, at Michigan State.