NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team is back in action as they take on another ranked foe this weekend. The Irish are heading south to take on the 13th-ranked Louisville Cardinals Sunday afternoon at Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium. Sunday’s match will be broadcast nationally on ACC Network with first kick set for 1:30 p.m.
KNOW THE OPPONENT: LOUISVILLE CARDINALS
- Notre Dame and Louisville are set to square off this weekend as the fall conference schedule comes to a close.
- This will be the 17th meeting all-time between the two schools as they have been conference foes in the ACC and BIG EAST.
- Notre Dame holds an 11-4-1 record all-time against the Cardinals and are 5-1 in games held down in Louisville.
- The two teams met last season at Alumni Stadium and defense was on full display.
- The game ended in a 0-0 2OT draw as both teams picked up a crucial point in the ACC standings.
- It was Notre Dame’s fourth consecutive home game without allowing a goal, a streak that had spanned 455:23 minutes of game time.
- Brooke Littman made the start in net and she picked up her sixth shutout on the season.
- Louisville heads into Sunday’s match with a 4-2 overall record and all games have been against ACC opponents.
- In their previous match, the Cardinals defeated Virginia Tech 2-0 at home on Oct. 18.
VAN ZANTEN IS ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S BEST
- Sophomore Kiki Van Zanten has been unstoppable for the Irish attack this season.
- Van Zanten has been used primarily off the bench but has been incredibly effective when she gets on the field.
- The forward leads the Irish with six goals and 12 points through the first six games.
- She is tied for the NCAA lead in goals per game with 1.00 and ranks thIrd in the country in goals and third in the NCAA in points per game (2.00).
- Van Zanten leads the ACC in goals in conference games as all six of hers goals have come against ACC opponents.
- She has scored in three of her last five games, including her first career hat trick against Miami and her second career brace against Syracuse.