NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Coming off a thrilling 1-0 OT win Thursday night against Stony Brook, the 20th-ranked Notre Dame women’s soccer team (3-0) will hit the road for the first time in 2018. The Irish head south to Indianapolis to face off with Butler (2-0) Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET.
LAST TIME OUT
Notre Dame needed extra time to defeat Stony Brook Thursday night at Alumni Stadium to stay unblemished on the season. The Irish had a couple of strong chances in regulation, including one that ended up in the back of the net. Sabrina Flores sent a cross towards the back post off a rebound where Alexi Martel-Lamothe headed home the ball but the official had his flag raised and the Irish were offside.
In extra time, Notre Dame didn’t waste any time and ended the match in the opening minute. Jenna Winebrenner created space up the left side and set a low cross towards Kelly Moss. Moss volleyed the cross towards the far post and past the keeper for the game-winner and her first collegiate goal.
SERIES HISTORY: BULLDOGS
The Irish and the Bulldogs will square off for the 12th time in school history Sunday in Indianapolis. Notre Dame holds an 10-0-1 record against Butler and are 2-0 in games on the road. The two teams will face off for the second straight season after the Irish opened the season at home against the Bulldogs. The Irish haven’t conceded a goal in the previous four matchups with the Bulldogs and hold a 43-6 goal advantage all-time.
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. Against the Chippewas, she sent a cross over to Hurm to set up the first goal of the season. Against the Ramblers, Flores netted the equalizer in the 76th minute after a great through ball into the box from Jen 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 head back home and prepare to square off with Cincinnati Thursday night at Alumni Stadium. Thursday’s match with the Bearcats will begin at 7 pm ET and be aired on the ACC Network Extra.
–ND–Matt Paras, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since January 2018. In his role, he coordinates all media efforts for Notre Dame women’s soccer, baseball and assists in ice hockey. A native of Warwick, Rhode Island, Paras is a graduate of the University of Louisville where he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sport Administration. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, he worked at Vanderbilt University as the sports information contact for the women’s soccer and lacrosse programs.