Ian Aschieris vs. Dartmouth

Irish Open ACC Play At Syracuse On Friday

Notre Dame travels to Syracuse, New York, to open the ACC portion of the schedule with an away fixture against the Orange. The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 7. The match will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra via the WatchESPN app.

Location: Syracuse, New York | SU Soccer Stadium
Live Stream: ACC Network Extra
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Game Notes: vs. Syracuse


• Notre Dame and Syracuse will face each other on Friday evening for the 19th time in series history. The Irish are 13-3-2 against the Orange in the all-time series.

• Notre Dame has dropped just one decision over the last 14 meetings, posting a record of 11-1-2 in that span.

• The Irish won a 2-1 decision in the last meeting between the two sides on Sept. 23, 2016, at Alumni Stadium.

• Notre Dame is 7-0-1 in matches played at Syracuse.


• Four of the six Irish goals scored this season have come by way of headers.

• Patrick Berneski has done the bulk of the damage, scoring three headers off set pieces.

• The other headed goal came from Ian Aschieris in open play in the victory over Dartmouth.


• Chad Riley was named the sixth head coach in program history on Jan. 4, 2018.

 • 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 each of the three matches this season, leading the team with three goals.

• The center back has also anchored a back line that has allowed just one goal through 290 minutes of play, and no goals in open play.

• After scoring two goals and helping the Irish to two clean-sheet victories, Berneski earned ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors as well as Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the Adidas/IU Credit Union Classic.


• The Irish have never shied away from playing a challenging slate of opponents and the 2018 schedule looks to be no different.

• Notre Dame is set to face eight of the top 10 ranked teams in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll in No. 1 Wake Forest, No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Michigan State, No. 4 Indiana, No. 5 UNC, No. 7 Louisville, No. 8 NC State and No. 10 Virginia.

• The Irish have already defeated two ranked opponents, taking down then No. 18 UConn (3-0) and then No. 22 Dartmouth (2-0).