Notre Dame travels to Bloomington, Indiana, for the weekend to take on a pair of ranked non-conference opponents. The Irish face No. 18 UConn at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 31 and No. 22 Dartmouth at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 2. Neither of the matches will be streamed this weekend and live stats can be found at und.com.
THE UCONN SERIES
• Notre Dame and UConn will meet on the pitch for the 26th time in program history on Friday evening.
• The Huskies hold a slight edge in the series, owning an 11-10-4 record against the Irish.
• Notre Dame has won each of the last three fixtures against UConn, each coming in 1-0 decisions.
• Each of the last three meetings between the two sides have been 1-0 victories by the Irish with the most recent coming last season in Storrs on September 2.
THE DARTMOUTH SERIES
• The Irish and Big Green will face each other for the fourth time in program history on Sunday in Bloomington.
• Notre Dame owns a 2-1-0 advantage over Dartmouth, all coming in matches played at Notre Dame.
• The last time the two sides met the Irish recorded a 4-1 win on September 6, 2014.
• Not only was Chad Riley the head coach at Dartmouth for the past five seasons but Riley’s predecessor at Notre Dame, Bobby Clark, also served as the head coach of the Big Gree from 1985-93. Clark later went on to coach the Irish from 2001-17, leading the Irish to their first national championship in 2013.
• The head coaching position at Dartmouth is now named the Bobby Clark Head Coach of Men’s Soccer.
THE CHAD RILEY ERA UNDERWAY
• Chad Riley was named the sixth head coach in program history on January 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 Championships.
THE SKIPPER SCORES IN THE OPENER
• Senior center back Patrick Berneski will wear the captains armband for the Irish in 2018, as he was given the honor after a vote by the team.
• Berneski scored Notre Dame’s goal in the season-opening draw against Saint Louis on Aug. 4.
• The center back has scored three goals in his career.
TOUGHEST SCHEDULE IN THE COUNTRY
• 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 six of the top seven ranked teams in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll in No. 1 Wake Forest, No. 2 Duke, No. 4 Akron, No. 5 Michigan State, No. 6 Indiana and No. 7 Virginia.