Oct. 18, 2017
By Megan Golden
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — With three critical Atlantic Coast Conference games remaining on its schedule, the University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team embarks on a two-game road trip to Florida with matches against No. 18 Florida State and Miami.
The Irish (7-5-3, 3-3-1) will open against the Seminoles (10-4, 4-3) at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday at Seminole Soccer Complex and wrap up the fall break trip with a matinee against the Hurricanes at noon ET on Sunday at Cobb Stadium.
Notre Dame will face a Florida State team that is third in the conference in average scoring margin (+1.21), trailing just North Carolina (+2.00) and Duke (+1.93). The Irish, which enter play with a record of 7-1 in games decided by two-plus goals, will try to limit the Seminoles offensive opportunities, especially early.
Florida State has yet to play to a draw this season, while the Irish frequently battle in down-to-the-wire contests (nine halftime ties in 2017).
Notre Dame is currently in a three-way tie with NC State and Boston College for sixth place in the ACC. The Irish are looking to secure their spot among the top eight teams in the ACC standings in order to compete in the conference tournament.
WHAT: No. 18 Florida State vs. Notre Dame
WHEN: 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
WHERE: Seminole Soccer Complex (Tallahassee, Florida)
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Notre Dame has gone 3-5 all-time against Florida State and 1-2 on the road. The Irish and Seminoles last played on Sept. 27, 2016, when the Irish fell 1-0 at Alumni Stadium. The teams’ last regular-season meeting in Tallahassee was on Oct. 31, 2013, when Florida State defeated the Irish 2-1 in double overtime.
Checking the RPI
Notre Dame checked in at No. 16 in the most recent RPI. The Irish faced five consecutive ranked opponents — all in the ACC — from Sept. 16 to Oct. 5 and went 2-2-1 in those games. Notre Dame’s match against Florida State will be its seventh match against a ranked opponent. Notre Dame has three remaining regular-season contests, including two against top-25 teams.
- Notre Dame is 2-0-1 in its last three road games. The Irish own a 3-1-2 record away from home this season.
- The Irish rank tied for second in the ACC with 239 shots and 28 assists and are third in the conference in points (86) and goals (29).
- Notre Dame has gone 2-3-1 in games against ranked opponents this season.
Coming Up Next
The Irish return to action at Miami at noon ET on Sunday. The match will be streamed live by 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.