Oct. 24, 2017
By Megan Golden
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Tuesday that Irish sophomore Jennifer Westendorf has been named the ACC’s Offensive Player of the Week following her team’s Florida sweep this past week.
Westendorf scored two goals in Notre Dame’s dramatic 4-3 come-from-behind win against the Seminoles with both scores coming in the form of free kicks. The forward’s second goal leveled the score at 3-3, midway through the second period.
Westendorf’s four points in the match equaled a career high, which she has accomplished three times, last against Ball St. on Aug. 20.
For Westendorf, the honor marks the second of her career (also named Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 18, 2016) and the first of the season.
Westendorf, a native of Grayson, Georgia, owns a career-high eight goals this season, with seven assists and 23 points.
After taking a 2-0 lead into halftime against No. 18 Florida State, Notre Dame allowed three straight goals to the Seminoles to fall behind 2-3. Westendorf’s free kick knotted the score at 3-3 midway through the second half, and freshman Sammi Fisher’s goal in the 87th minute secured the 4-3 Irish victory.
Notre Dame concluded the weekend with a 2-1 win over Miami on Sunday. The Irish improved to 5-1-1 on the road this season.
The Irish return to action at No. 5 North Carolina at 7 p.m. on Thursday, when they will play for the chance to host an ACC Quarterfinal matchup. 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.