Notre Dame plays its final match of the regular season at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, as the Irish take on Pitt at Alumni Stadium. The match will be broadcast on ACCNX and be available to stream on WatchESPN (subscription required). Friday’s match is also Senior Day. The Irish will honor its nine senior student-athletes and its senior manager with a ceremony prior to the match.
THE PITT SERIES
• The Irish and Panthers will meet on the pitch for the 25th time on Friday evening.
• The Irish hold a commanding lead in the series with a mark of 17-4-3.
• Notre Dame has played Pitt at home 12 times, posting a record of 9-2-1.
• The Irish have won 16 of the last 17 meetings in the matchup.
• The most recent matchup in the series came last season at Pitt on Oct. 27, resulting in a 1-0 victory for the Irish.
SIGNATURE WIN AT WAKE FOREST
• The Irish recorded a big 1-0 win against No. 2 Wake Forest in Winston-Salem on Oct. 26.
• Notre Dame’s win over the No. 2 team in the country was its first against a top two team since knocking off No. 1 Wake Forest on the road on Nov. 11, 2015 in the ACC Championship semifinals.
• The Irish became the first team to defeat the Demon Deacons in a regular-season ACC match at Spry Stadium since the Irish also accomplished the feat in 2013.
• The Irish handed the Demon Deacons their first home defeat of the 2019 season and was just the second team to record a clean sheet against Wake Forest this season.
• Duncan Turnbull was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week after recording five saves and a clean sheet in the victory.
• Patrick Coleman scored the game-winning goal in the 21st minute, the first of his career.
LYNN LEADING THE LINE
• Sophomore striker Jack Lynn has enjoyed a breakout season in 2019, scoring a team-high eight goals to lead the Irish attack.
• Lynn is in top form entering Friday’s fixture, scoring four goals in the last five games.
• After scoring goals in wins over Seattle and Denver the sophomore was named the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament MVP.
• The striker recorded the first brace of his career with two goals in the win over Purdue Fort Wayne.
• Lynn scored the match winner to beat No. 21 Duke in the 65th minute on Oct. 11.
• Lynn has already surpassed his goal tally from last season (three goals).
• Felicien Dumas has scored three goals and added three assists this season off set pieces.
• The graduate student has free kick goals against Seattle, Clemson and DePaul and has assists against Saint Louis, Seattle and Purdue Fort Wayne.
• The goal against DePaul found the back of the net with just five seconds left on the clock in regulation to deliver the Irish a 1-0 victory.
• Dumas scored the goal of the season for the Irish in 2018, curling an effort into the top right corner in a 3-2 win over Syracuse.
• Dumas is the active leader for career assists with 17.
• The graduate student was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 14 after helpint the Irish backline to shutout victories over No. 21 Duke and Purdue Fort Wayne.
UNITED SOCCER COACHES Men’s Team Academic Award RECIPIENT
• Notre Dame has been named a recipient of the United Soccer Coaches Men’s Team Academic Award for the 19th time in the last 20 seasons.
• To qualify for the award, a team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) to be eligible.
• The Irish have earned the award more than any other ACC team since the inception of the honor in 1996.
• The Irish have scored three goals in the first 10 minutes of matches this season.
• In the season opener Notre Dame scored a goal in the second minute (1:12) of play, marking the quickest goal to start a season in program history.
• Freshman Mohammad Abualnadi scored the first goal off a rebound from a Felicien Dumas free kick.
• The goal scored at 1:12 is tied for the second fastest goal scored to open a match since 1995.
• The Irish have scored first in 10 of 15 matches this season and have dropped just one match when scoring the first goal (8-1-1).
ONE OF THE TOUGHEST SCHEDULES IN THE COUNTRY
• The Irish have never shied away from playing a challenging slate of opponents and the 2019 schedule is no different.
• Notre Dame has or will play four of the top 10 ranked teams in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll in No. 2 Clemson, No. 4 Virginia, No. 7 Wake Forest and No. 10 Indiana.
• Ten of the sides the Irish are scheduled to face qualified for the 2018 NCAA tourney.
• Five of six of Notre Dame’s defeats have come against teams currently ranked in the top 25 of the United Soccer Coaches Poll, including two against top six opponents.
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