NOTRE-DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame’s No.24 women’s soccer team will secure their Top 25 and 6-1-1 record in the CCA game this weekend when Syracuse visits the Alumni Stadium. The Fighting Irish and the Orange (4-2-1) will kick off on Saturday, September 18 at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on ACCNX. Remind all fans that admission is free throughout the season.
Down 1-0 at halftime against Brown in 24th place at home on September 12, the Irish rallied for the 2-1 victory. Kati Druzina had one of her best matches in an Irish uniform, creating both goals to record her first multi-assist performance. In fact, Druzina only had two assists under his belt heading into the said game. The Irish scored from crosses on the left in the 67th and 77th minutes.
The Irish nearly pulled a rally down 2-0 at Missouri earlier in the year. Faced with a two-goal deficit just 20 minutes to go, the Irish scored in the 73rd and 87th minutes. However, Mizzou scored in overtime and is ND’s only loss on the schedule.
SUCCESS AGAINST SYRACUSE
The Irish and Orange will meet for the 18th time on Saturday and it has been one-sided so far in the series, with Notre Dame having a 16-0-1 advantage.
In addition, the Irish are spotless at home with a 9-0-0 record.
Syracuse is one of four opponents (Pitt, St. John’s, Providence) the Irish have played 10 or more times and haven’t lost.
Additionally, Notre Dame has not allowed Syracuse a goal in the last nine home games and has a 25-0 advantage in those games.
BEST SEASON RECORDED FOR THE LAST
Sammi Fisher is making the most of her graduation season and is off to a flying start. She has already tied her tally of six goals in 2019, and she did so in just eight games. His six goals in total this year are ranked 18th in the country.
Of those six, she has an impressive number of three game-winning goals, which ranks her fourth in the country. Fisher scored the game winners against Brown, Wisconsin and Bowling Green. In addition, his total of 13 points ranks 37th nationally.
On the career side, Fisher scored 22 goals and 10 assists. She started in 71 of the 77 games played in total.
AN IRISH QUARTET
Sammi Fisher (13 points), Olivia Wingate (7 points), Korbin Albert (9 points) and Maddie Mercado (6 points) are the Irish four-headed attacking monster.
First, there’s Fisher, who is a two-time All-ACC selection. She leads the Irish with six goals and one more would mark a new career record in any season.
Then there’s Wingate, who has two goals and three assists. She scored the game-winning goal against Purdue and was responsible for helping Albert’s tying goal to Mizzou who forced overtime.
Albert cracked the Irish starting XI on day one and made the most of it. She is second on the team in points, with four goals and one assist.
Albert’s first two goals were on the road – in Wisconsin and Mizzou. His Missouri goal tied it three minutes to go and forced overtime, before the Irish unfortunately suffered their first loss.
Finally, there’s junior midfielder Maddie Mercado, who has recorded two assists and two goals this season. Remarkable – Mercado only had two career assists under his belt heading into this season.
JUST AT THE CORNER
The Irish enjoyed a considerable advantage in the corners against their opponents, 51-16. Notre-Dame’s 6.38 coins / game rank 52nd in the country.
The Irish scored from a Sammi Fisher corner against Purdue, as Olivia Wingate steered it past the goalkeeper and into the net.
With the 2-1 win over Brown on Sunday, the Irish moved to 6-1-1 that year, marking Coach Norman’s best start at the helm of the Irish.
The Irish of 2019 started 6-0-0 but lost three times in a row right after.
THE SOFTNESS OF THE HOME
The Irish have made Alumni Stadium a difficult place for opposing programs. Since its inception in 2009, Notre Dame has had a 102-26-6 record, good for a 0.784 winning percentage. In fact, they’ve only given up one loss or better in six separate seasons.
Looking only at the past three years, the Irish are 16-3-2 at home.
SOUTH BEND NATIVE ON A STRIKE
Prior to the 2021 season, South Bend product Brooke VanDyck had scored two goals in first year, then one in each of her second and junior seasons.
Fast forward so far, the senior has produced a first, scoring in back-to-back games (Detroit Mercy and Brown). She will go for three in a row and a new season / career high on Saturday.
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