Nov. 9, 2017
By Megan Golden
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team had two players named to CoSIDA’s Academic All-District first team. Sophomore Jennifer Westendorf and graduate student Sandra Yu each represented the Irish for the first time in their respective careers.
Yu has started all 19 games for Notre Dame in 2017 and each of the team’s last 60 games. The Irish co-captain has already doubled her previous career high in points (eight) with 19 points this season. Yu owns career highs in nearly every category, including goals (7) and assists (5).
A Strongsville, Ohio, native, Yu tallied five points on two goals and one assist in Notre Dame’s 4-0 shutout victory over No. 24 NC State. She also was named to the 2017 All-ACC first team.
Westendorf has appeared in all 19 matches for Notre Dame. The forward from Grayson, Georgia, surpassed her single-season career high in goals (9), assists (7) and points (25) and ranks second on the team in points this season.
Westendorf, a 2016 All-ACC third-team selection, leads the Irish in shots (58) and owns one game-winning goal in 2017. She has started 39 games and tallied 38 points in two seasons at Notre Dame.
The CoSIDA Academic All-District teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and academically. First-team Academic All-District honorees automatically advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America honorees will be announced in December.
The Irish return to action at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, when they host IUPUI in the first round of the NCAA Championships. The game will be streamed live on 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.