Sept. 23, 2017
By Megan Golden
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team returns to Alumni Stadium at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday for a matchup against No. 24 NC State. Notre Dame (5-3-2) is scheduled to play just its second home match in three weeks as it looks to return to the win column.
Notre Dame will face a Wolfpack offense that has scored one goal in their first two ACC games. Even so, the Irish offense will need to crack NC State’s defense, which has allowed just two goals all season and has held No. 5 Virginia and Boston College scoreless so far in conference play.
The Irish, which are unbeaten (4-0-1) when scoring first, will look to find their rhythm early on Sunday in order to stymie the Wolfpack and hand NC State its first loss in conference play.
“As a team we weren’t happy with the result on Thursday night, but we also know we can compete with anyone in the country,” graduate student Sandra Yu said. “Going into Sunday, we know what we are capable of as a team and we are focusing on the details and controlling what we can control, which most importantly, is our effort.
“At the end of the day, we are excited to get back out there against another good team.”
Notre Dame and NC State will meet in the regular season for the third time since Notre Dame joined the ACC. The Irish own a 4-1 record all-time against the Wolfpack and are unbeaten in their last two matches.
The Irish and the Wolfpack last met on Oct. 30, 2016 in the ACC Championship first round, where Notre Dame defeated NC State 1-0.
Notre Dame owns a 4-0 record on Sunday in 2017. The Irish have played on Thursday once (0-1), Friday four times (0-2-2), Saturday once (1-0) and Sunday four times (4-0). All four of Notre Dame’s Sunday victories have come in the afternoon, two of which were at home (Ball St. & Santa Clara) and two of which were on the road (at Iowa & at Toledo).
- Notre Dame is a perfect 4-0-0 in afternoon matches this season.
- The Irish are 2-2-1 at Alumni Stadium this season and 30-8-2 since 2014.
- Notre Dame has outscored its opponents 15-6 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.
- The Irish are unbeaten (4-0-1) when scoring first in the match.
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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.