NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s soccer team (6-8, 2-4) is hitting the road this weekend after an extended homestand over the past two weeks. The Irish are traveling north for a matchup with Syracuse (3-11, 0-6) this Saturday. Saturday match will kick at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. This is the first road game for the Irish since their 1-0 win over Wake Forest on Sept. 23.
SERIES HISTORY: ORANGE
The Irish and Orange will face off for the 15th time in school history as the two squads have been conference foes in the BIG EAST and now ACC. The Irish hold a 13-0-1 advantage all-time against the Orange and are 5-0-1 in games up at Syracuse. The Orange are one of three opponents the Irish are undefeated against and have faced off 10 or more times. The last time these two teams faced off, Notre Dame picked up a 2-0 win at Alumni Stadium on Oct. 8, 2017. Jacobs and Jennifer Westendorf scored for the Irish as they recorded their sixth shutout of the season. Two seasons ago at Syracuse, the two teams played to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 18. Facing a 1-0 deficit at halftime, Taylor Klawunder notched the equalizer on a cross from Monica Flores. Klawunder headed it into the opposite corner to even the score for her second goal of the season.
MARTINEZ, VANDYCK NAMED TO TOP-100 FRESHMAN LIST
This past week, TopDrawerSoccer released it’s midseason Top-100 Freshman list and the Irish had two players represented in Brianna Martinez (No. 36) and Brooke VanDyck (No. 92). Martinez has started all but one game for the Irish this season on the back line and has drawn the assignment of some of the top attackers in ACC play. She has played all 90 minutes six times this season, including all 90 minutes in the 1-0 road win over Wake Forest which was the second shutout of the season for the Irish. Martinez was matched up with Tziarra King in Notre Dame’s 2-1 win over No. 21 NC State. Martinez limited King to just two shots and none on target. VanDyck has started 10 games this season after forgoing her senior season at Penn High School to join the Irish early. She leads the freshman with five points on the season, including two goal which were both game-winners. VanDyck scored her first career goal in the season opening 3-1 win against Central Michigan. Her second goal came in the 1-0 road win over Wake Forest.–ND–