By Matt Paras
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s soccer team hopes to keep its momentum going on Thursday after winning the first two games of the season last week. The 2-0 Irish are set to face off with Stony Brook (1-1) Thursday night at Alumni Stadium. The game is scheduled for a 7 pm ET start and the Irish are looking to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2015.
SERIES HISTORY: SEAWOLVES
Notre Dame and Stony Brook will meet for the first time in program history Thursday night at Alumni Stadium. The Seawolves are the only opponent on the 2018 slate that the Irish have not previously played before. Notre Dame has only faced one opponent from the America East Conference in its 30-year history. The Irish are 3-0 against Hartford. The Irish are 95-27-2 all-time in first meetings with opponents. Last season, the Irish went 1-1 in first meetings with a 4-0 win over Ball State and 1-0 (2OT) loss to South Carolina.
TWICE AS NICE
Sophomore Eva Hurm got off to a fast start in the season opener against Central Michigan. The Upper Saddle River, N.J. native got the first goal of the 2018 season for the Irish in the ninth minute. Later in the second half, she scored again to set a career high for goals in a game. Hurm doubled her goal total from last season, as she scored once in 10 games during her freshman campaign.
FLORES FLOURISHES IN OPENING WEEKEND
Sabrina Flores was a key cog in the midfield during Notre Dame’s two wins to open the 2018 season. On Thursday against the Chippewas, she sent a cross over to Hurm to set up the first goal of the season. On Sunday, Flores netted the equalizer in the 76th minute after a great through ball into the box from Jennifer Westendorf. Two minutes later, Flores returned the favor. She sent a corner towards the far post where Westendorf was positioned. She placed her header inside the post and past the keeper for the game-winning goal.
The Irish will hit the road for the first time in 2018 when they head down to Butler (2-0) for a Sunday matinee. Sunday’s match with the Bulldogs will begin at 1 pm ET and be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network.