NOTRE-DAME, Ind. – The Notre-Dame women’s soccer team (10-1-1, 4-0-0) will lead a six-game winning streak in Thursday night’s showdown with Louisville (7-2-1, 3-1- 0). In addition, the Fighting Irish will not only seek to remain undefeated at home this season (6-0-1) but also undefeated in the game against the ACC.
Kick-off is scheduled for 8:06 p.m. ET inside the Alumni Stadium. It will be an RSN (Regional Sports Networks) broadcast, so be sure to check your local listings. For those in the Michiana area, the game can be found on the Marquee Network.
BEST SEASON RECORDED FOR THE LAST
Sammi Fisher is making the most of her graduation season as it only took her a month of play to achieve her best year in an Irish uniform. She has 10 goals under her belt, surpassing her previous season’s record of six set in 2019.
His 10 total goals are ranked 8th in the country and first in the ACC. In addition, his 0.83 goals per game rank 13th in the country.
Fisher also leads the team in the game winners with four, which ranks sixth in the country. Fisher scored game-winning goals against Syracuse, Brown, Wisconsin and Bowling Green.
His total 21 points rank 20th nationally and second in the ACC.
The Irish are now 10-1-1 on the year, marking Coach Norman’s best start at the head of the Irish.
In addition, it is the fastest the team has reached with 10 wins (12 games or less) since the 2010 national championship season.
Notre Dame also made history in her last NC State victory, as it was the first time the program started 4-0-0 in an ACC game.
IN THE RANKS
After reaching the top 25 of the Top Drawer Soccer before the ACC game, the Irish continue to climb the charts. This week, they check in at # 15.
The Irish also eventually passed the United Soccer Coaches poll, placing at No.24. In the updated women’s football RPI, the Irish registered at No.21.
With the victory over NC State, Notre Dame was the winner of six straight games. During the winning streak, the Irish dominated their opposition, 25-3. In addition, Notre Dame dominated its opponents 115-25.
Additionally, there have been nine different goal scorers during the said span: Maddie Mercado, Kiki Van Zanten, Sammi Fisher, Sophia Fisher, Olivia Wingate, Kaylie Ronan, Katie Coyle, Brooke VanDyck, Korbin Albert
OFFENSIVE MUSCLE BENDING
Notre Dame has scored 34 goals which rank second in the ACC and 10th in the nation. Their 34 goals are already more than the last two years (2019 – 31; 2018 – 24) and the most of the Coach Norman era.
Notre Dame’s scoring 2.83 offense ranks 16th nationally and third in the CCA.
Additionally, ND’s 92 total points rank 18th nationally and fourth in the conference.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
Korbin Albert isn’t the only freshman to impress this season. In fact, several are.
Katie Coyle and Sophia Fisher both scored five points on two goals and one assist. In fact, Coyle just won his first career game, scoring the second half of the 2-1 victory at NC State. Fisher also has a match winner, scoring in the 1-0 victory at Marquette.
Finally, there’s Kaylie Ronan, who recently scored her first career goal in the victory over Boston College on September 26.
So, Notre Dame has had four different freshman points this season.
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 posted a 104-26-6 record, good for a 0.787 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 18-3-2 at home.
Notre Dame is undefeated at home this season with a 6-0-1 record. The Irish have three more home games, including two this week. The last time the Irish went unbeaten at home was in the 2008 season when they posted a 26-1 record (the only loss in the domestic title match).
DEFENSE STARTS STRONG
Sophomore Eva Gaetino anchored the Irish full-back (as a center-back) off to a strong start, posting a 0.650 goals-against average, which ranks them 35th in the country.
In total, the Irish defense allowed just eight goals with 37 shots on goal. As for the total number of shots, they only allow 6.8 per game.
Second-year goaltender Ashley Naylor has started the Irish’s last six games, allowing three goals and three shutouts.