Sept. 11, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No. 13/4 University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team will close out its nonconference schedule this weekend when the Fighting Irish welcome a pair of Big Ten opponents to Alumni Stadium. The Irish will play Indiana at 7 p.m. ET tonight before facing Michigan at 5 p.m. ET Sunday.
First on the docket are the Hoosiers:
WHAT: Match 7
WHO: No. 13/4 Notre Dame (5-0-1) vs. Indiana (3-2-1)
WHERE: Alumni Stadium – Notre Dame, Indiana
WHEN: 7:00 p.m. (ET) – September 11, 2015
LIVE STREAM: ESPN3
Here are the five things you should know before the Irish and Hoosiers butt heads this evening:
Scouting Indiana: The Hoosiers enter Friday’s contest with a 3-2-1 record, having won three straight matches before falling to LSU 4-0 their last time out on Sunday. Notre Dame will be IU’s second ACC opponent of the year, as the Hoosiers faced Virginia Tech in the season opener, which the Hokies won 2-1.
Indiana is led by redshirt junior defender Marissa Borschke, who leads the Hoosiers with two goals this season, and sophomore midfielder Kayla Smith, who is pacing the team in shots with 11.
Goalkeeper Sarah Stone has logged 100 percent of the Hoosiers’ minutes in goal this season, having recorded 20 saves, four solo shutouts and a 0.96 goals against average. Borschke, Smith and Stone were all named Big Ten Players to Watch this season.
The Last Time They Met: It’s been since 2011 since Notre Dame and Indiana last met. In that game, held at Alumni Stadium during the early-season non-conference slate, the Irish rolled over the Hoosier 4-1, sparked by a hat trick from All-American and 2010 Hermann Trophy runner-up Melissa Henderson. With the win, the Irish claimed the crown of the Notre Dame adidas Invitational.
Irish On The Offensive: The Fighting Irish have been spectacular on both sides of the ball, having outshot opponents 144-9 and outscored them 17-3 through four matches. Only once this season has Notre Dame allowed more than two shots in a match, when they allowed three to Western Michigan in a 2-2 double-overtime draw.
Golden Gilbertson: Irish senior forward Anna Maria Gilbertson has been an offensive force so far this season, leading the Irish in goals (4) and shots (39). Her four goals through six matches equal her total season output from each of the past two seasons, and are just one shy of the career-high five goals she scored as a freshman in 2012. Of her four goals, two have been game-winners (Portland and Michigan State), which is good for a second-place tie among Atlantic Coast Conference players.
Stacking Up: The Irish sit near the top of nearly every statistical category in the Atlantic Coast Conference after a fast start to the season. Notre Dame is one of five unbeaten ACC squads, along with Clemson, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Virginia. Clemson remains the only ACC team without a loss or draw.
Notre Dame ranks second in the conference in corner kicks (50) and shots (144), while they rate third in goals (17), points (47), goals per game (2.83), and goals against average (0.48). Nationally, the Irish rank 12th in total goals (17) and 18th in scoring offense (2.83 gpg)
Individually, Anna Maria Gilbertson lead the league in shots (39) and shots per game (6.5), while tying for fourth in goals (4). She also sits in 14th place nationally and is tied for second in the league in game-winning goals with two on the season. Natalie Jacobs ranks 10th nationally and is tied for the league lead in assists (4) and comes in third in shots (27) and second in shots per game (4.5).
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– Joanne Norell, Athletics Communications Assistant