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#8 Irish And #4 Spartans Set For Top 10 Matchup

The No. 8 Irish are back in action in Alumni Stadium on Monday, Sept. 17 against another Big Ten opponent ranked in the top five of the latest United Soccer Coaches poll in No. 4 Michigan State. The match will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra via the WatchESPN app.

Location: Notre Dame, Indiana | Alumni Stadium
Live Stream: ACC Network Extra
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Game Notes: vs. MSU

• Notre Dame and Michigan State will square off on Monday evening for the 29th time in series history. The Irish are 16-6-6 against the Spartans in the all-time series.
• The Irish have dominated the series in recent memory, going 6-1-1 in the last eight matchups.
• Notre Dame fell to Michigan State in the last meeting between the two sides on Oct. 25, 2016 by a final score of 1-0 at Alumni Stadium.
• The Irish traveled to Bloomington last season and lost to Indiana by a score of 1-0 on Sept. 26, 2017.
Twelve of Notre Dame’s 16 wins in the series have come by way of a shutout.

• Five of the 10 Irish goals scored this season have come directly from set pieces.
• Patrick Berneski has done the bulk of the damage, scoring four headers off set pieces.
• The other set-piece goal came from a sublime Felicien Dumas free kick that proved to be the game winner against Syracuse.

• Chad Riley was named the sixth head coach in program history on Jan. 4, 2018.
• Riley was just the second coach in program history to start his Irish career unbeaten through his first four matches (3-0-1), joining Dennis Grace who started 4-0-0 in 1984.
• Riley is a 2004 graduate of Notre Dame, where he was a standout on the soccer team under the previous head coach Bobby Clark.
• Riley was a three-time All-BIG EAST selection during his time with the Irish and was named the skipper of the squad in 2003.
• Prior to taking the reins of the Notre Dame program, Riley spent the last five seasons as the head coach of Dartmouth, posting a record of 51-26-14.
• Dartmouth won the Ivy League Championship in each of the last four seasons under Riley’s direction, earning four trips to the NCAA Championship.

• Senior center back Patrick Berneski has gotten off to an impressive start in his senior season after earning the captain position prior to the season.
• Berneski has scored in four of five matches this season, leading the team with four goals.
• After scoring two goals and helping the Irish to two clean-sheet victories, Berneski earned ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors (9/3) as well as Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the Adidas/IU Credit Union Classic.

• Senior full back Felicien Dumas has been a weapon for the Irish this season in the attack, as the set-piece specialist has four assists and a goal in 2018.
• Dumas is averaging 0.8 assists per match, ranking 12th in the nation.
• Dumas has assisted on three of Berneski’s four goals.
• The senior also scored one of the best goals of the season, striking a perfect free kick into the top right corner of the goal in what proved to be the game winner against Syracuse.
Dumas was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week on following his performance at Syracuse.

• Of Notre Dame’s 10 goals scored, eight have come in the second half this season.
• All three of Notre Dame’s goals in the ACC-opening win over Syracuse came in the final 45 minutes of play.
• Just as impressive, the Irish defense has not allowed a goal in the first half in any match this season.