After playing their last three matches on the road, the No. 12 Irish return home to Alumni Stadium for an intrastate showdown against perennial power No. 4 Indiana. The match is slated to begin at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The match will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra via the WatchESPN app.
THE INDIANA SERIES
• Notre Dame and Indiana will face each other on Tuesday evening for the 40th time in series history. The Irish are 10-27-2 against the Hoosiers in the all-time series.
• Despite trailing in the series, the Irish have found recent success against the Hoosiers, recording a mark of 5-3-1 in the last nine meetings.
• Notre Dame recorded its largest win in series history the last time the two sides faced each other at Alumni Stadium on Oct. 4, 2016. The Irish won by a final score of 4-0 in the match.
• The Irish traveled to Bloomington last season and lost to Indiana by a score of 1-0 on Sept. 26, 2017.
• Five of the nine 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 goal came from a sublime Felicien Dumas free kick that proved to be the game winner against Syracuse.
The CHAD RILEY ERA UNDERWAY
• Chad Riley was named the sixth head coach in program history on Jan. 4, 2018.
• Riley is 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.
THE SKIPPER DOES IT ALL
• 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 all four matches this season, leading the team with four goals.
• The center back has also anchored a back line that has allowed just three goals through 380 minutes of play, and just one goal 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 (9/3) as well as Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the Adidas/IU Credit Union Classic.
HERE TO ASSIST
• 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 1.0 assists per match, ranking tied for second 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.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
• Of Notre Dame’s nine goals scored, seven 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.