Oct. 6, 2017
By Megan Golden
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team returns to Alumni Stadium, where it will face Syracuse in its fourth home match in the last five games. The Irish (6-4-3, 2-2-1) and the Orange (6-4-2, 1-2-1) will square off at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Coming off a defensive showing and a 1-1 draw at No. 13 Virginia, the Irish will try to get back into the win column as they battle the Orange.
The Irish own a 12-0-1 all-time record against the Orange, including a 6-0 mark at home. In the schools’ most recent matchup, Notre Dame tied Syracuse 1-1 on the road on Sept. 18, 2016. The Irish defeated the Orange 1-0 on Oct. 8, 2015, at home, the last time they squared off at Alumni Stadium.
Notre Dame has shut out Syracuse in nine of 13 matchups all-time and in five of the last six games.
Notre Dame owns a 5-0 record on Sunday in 2017. The Irish have played on Thursday twice (0-1-1), on Friday five times (0-3-2), on Saturday once (1-0) and on Sunday five times (5-0). All five of Notre Dame’s Sunday victories have come in the afternoon, three of which were at home (Ball St., Santa Clara and NC State) and two of which were on the road (at Iowa and at Toledo).
- Notre Dame has outscored its opponents 18-8 in the second half this season.
- The Irish have entered halftime in a scoreless tie six times and in a 1-1 tie twice in 2017.
- Notre Dame has gone 3-3-1 at Alumni Stadium this season and is 31-9-2 in the past three-plus seasons.
- Sophomore Jennifer Westendorf is one goal away from matching her single-season career high (six).
Sunday will serve as Notre Dame’s Pink Zone game for breast cancer awareness. The matchup between the Irish and the Orange will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra/WatchESPN.
Megan Golden, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since August of 2016. In her role, she coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame women’s soccer and cross country/track and field programs. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Golden is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mary’s College and former Irish women’s basketball manager. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, she worked in public relations with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.