Sept. 7, 2017
By Megan Golden
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team travels to Columbus, Ohio, for a rare road matchup with the Buckeyes (4-0-1) at 7 p.m. ET on Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium. The Irish (3-1-2) are scheduled to close out the non-conference slate with a matinee at Toledo (1-3-1) at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday at Scott Park.
Notre Dame returns to the playing field five days after netting a season-high-tying four goals in a 4-1 victory over Santa Clara. Following its fifth scoreless tie at halftime in six matches this season, the Irish offense erupted in the second half to secure its third win of the season.
The Irish will try to carry that momentum into this weekend’s match versus the Buckeyes, which are undefeated and have outscored their last three opponents 11-2.
WHAT: Toledo vs. Notre Dame
WHEN: 1 p.m. ET on September 10, 2017
WHERE: Scott Park
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The Irish will face Ohio State for the first time since defeating the Buckeyes to advance to the College Cup Final in 2010. In that match, Notre Dame topped Ohio State 1-0. Notre Dame owns a 6-0 record all-time against the Buckeyes, including a 2-0 record in Columbus.
The last time the Irish played in Columbus was on Oct. 1, 1995, when Notre Dame beat Ohio State 2-1 in overtime.
Notre Dame owns a 3-0 record in its all-time series against Toledo. The Irish most recently faced Toledo on Aug. 23, 2015, when they beat the Rockets 3-0.
The Irish will compete at Toledo for the first time in program history.
On the Road Again
Notre Dame hits the road for its second and third road matches of the season, respectively. The Irish own a 1-0 record on the road and are 1-0-1 away from home, following a 1-1 draw versus Minnesota in Iowa City, Iowa.
In 2016, the Irish wrapped up the season with a 3-1-4 record on the road.
The ACC Leaderboard
Just six matches into the season, the Irish are tied with Florida State and Duke for the most shots in the ACC (112). Notre Dame, which tallied 38 shots this past weekend against South Carolina and Santa Clara, will look to improve the quality of its shots and capitalize on its opportunities offensively.
The team’s 11 goals on the season are currently tied for 10th in the conference with Louisville.
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.