WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Notre Dame women’s soccer team continue their two-game road trip with a Sunday matinee matchup with Wake Forest. The Irish look to rebound following a 2-0 loss to Louisville in the ACC opener this past Thursday.
SERIES HISTORY: DEMON DEACONS
Notre Dame and Wake Forest will meet for the ninth time in school history Sunday afternoon in Winston-Salem. The Irish hold a 6-1-1 all-time record against the Demon Deacons and have won both games played in Winston-Salem. Last season, Wake Forest got its first ever win against the Irish on Sept. 27 in Alumni Stadium. The 22nd-ranked Demon Deacons scored in the 88th minute to break a 1-1 tie. The last time these two teams squared off in Winston-Salem, the Irish claimed a 1-0 win on Oct. 23, 2016. Megan McCashland buried a cross from Kaleigh Olmsted into the back post for her second game-winner of the season. McCashland’s goal was scored in the 88th minute and it was the latest the Irish have scored in regulation this season.
Heading into ACC play, the Irish boast a balanced offensive attack. Notre Dame has scored 12 goals this season with eight different players recording a goal. Westendorf, Muya, Wingate and Hurm lead the way with two goals apiece with four other players tallying a goal. Westendorf scored her second goal of the season against Santa Clara on a beautiful one-touch shot coming off a failed Bronco pass. Sammi Fisher picked up her first goal of the year in the second half with a 25-yard strike to the top right corner. Muya tallied her second goal of the year against Stanford coming off a great flick pass from Westendorf.
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS FOR WINGATE
Freshman Olivia Wingate netted her first career goal in the second half against Butler to become the third freshmen to score their first collegiate goal this season (VanDyck vs. CMU, Moss vs. Stony Brook). The next game, Wingate got her first career start against Cincinnati and made the most of the opportunity. With the Irish trailing in the 65th minute, Wingate created some space from her defender in the box and ripped a shot towards the far post to beat the keeper and tie the game at 1. It was her second straight game with a goal and Wingate is tied with Eva Hurm, Karin Muya, and Jennifer Westendorf for the team lead. Wingate has made five starts this season and is one of six freshmen to start a game this season.