Pitch Points: #23/19 Irish Find Middle Ground In NCAA Opener

Notre Dame midfield shines in 4-1 victory over Iowa.

Three-time monogram winner • will look to play a significant amount of time in the wide area of the midfield • excels at moving up to spearhead the Fighting Irish attack • makes good decisions and knows how to beat defenders one-on-one • great knowledge of the game • brings experience, instant offense and excitement to the Irish lineup • has appeared in 59 career matches with 10 starts • five goals and six assists for 16 points. AS A JUNIOR: Played in 22 games, making five starts • third on the team with nine points coming on three goals and three assists • tallied two game-winning goals • scored a goal in the 4-1 season-opening victory against No. 7 SMU • named to the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament all-tournament team as he notched the game-winner in a 1-0 victory over Boston University and assisted on the game-winner in the 1-0 overtime win against Saint Louis • scored in a 3-3 tie versus West Virginia • assisted on a goal in a 2-1 overtime win versus Providence and in a 2-1 loss to Cincinnati • named to the 2005-06 BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team • fifth on the team with 30 shots • earned a monogram.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Started five of 18 games that he played in during the 2004 season • scored two goals and assisted on three others for a total of seven points • assisted on the game-winner in the season-opener versus Oregon State at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic to earn his first collegiate point • collected an assist in the 49th minute to help give the Irish a 2-1 lead and the win against the Beavers • netted first career goal in the very next game, a 2-0 win versus Boston University, as he sent in an unassisted shot in the 61st minute to give the Irish their second goal of the match • dished an assist versus Loyola-Chicago as the Irish went on to win 4-0 • recorded the final score in Notre Dame's 3-0 win against No. 22 Michigan in the 86th minute • assisted on the game-winner versus Connecticut in the 85th minute • Notre Dame would add a late insurance goal against the Huskies to make it a 2-0 final • named to the 2004-05 BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team • selected the to the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament all-tournament team.

AS A FRESHMAN: Key member of Notre Dame's bench players in the midfield • appeared in 19 contests during his rookie season in 2003 • also competed as a member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team • played a career high 75 minutes in his first career match vs. UAB at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic • drew a key foul vs. No. 19 Indiana in Notre Dame's 1-0 victory over the eventual national champion • picked up an errant Hoosier pass and took a deep run into the Indiana zone, eventually drawing a yellow card foul at the top of the penalty box • Chad Riley's free kick from that spot was sent into the net by Kevin Goldthwaite for the game-winning score • put two shots on goal in his first career match vs. UAB • member of the 2003-04 BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Member of Under-18 National Team • has been a yearly member of the US National Team program since 1999 • a three-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America team • McDonald's and Parade magazine All-America honoree as a senior • named one of the top 12 prep forwards in the country by Parade magazine • tallied 45 goals and 46 assists during his career at Rochester Adams High School • netted seven goals and eight assists in his final scholastic campaign • four-year letterwinner on a team that compiled 64-16-9 mark over four seasons • led his team to a state runner-up finish and an overall record of 21-2-1 in his junior year as team captured Oakland Athletic League championship as well as district and regional titles • as a freshman, he was a member of state championship team that also won both district and regional crowns • also led team to district title in sophomore season • four-time all-state, all-regional, all-county and all-district honoree • named to the Michigan Dream Team in 2001 and 2002 • captained Vadar III Soccer Club that won State Cup championships in '01 and '02 • member of the Michigan state Olympic Developmental Program for seven years, as well as the U.S. Youth Soccer Region II Team for six seasons • father Brad played basketball at Baker University • one of three children • son of Brad and Wendy Norman • born March 2, 1985 • enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a theology major with a minor in political science • possesses a 3.333 cumulative GPA.

Norman's Career Bests
Game 1 (five times)
Season 3 (2005)
Game 1 (six times)
Season 3 (2004 & 2005)
Game 2 (vs. Seton Hall, 2005)
Season 9 (2005)

Nate Norman
Nate  Norman


Rochester, MI

High School:
Rochester Adams

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 170



Event Calendar


November 29
2:00 PM
Maryland Round of 16
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)

December 5
NCAA Quarterfinal
Campus Sites
December 11
7:00 PM
NCAA National Semifinal
Kansas City, Kan. (Sporting Park)
December 13
2:00 PM
NCAA National Final
Kansas City, Kan. (Sporting Park)

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