Women's Soccer



#10/5 Irish Continue Homestand Sunday Against Northwestern

Notre Dame winds up opening weekend with visit from Windy City neighbors (3:30 p.m. ET at Alumni Stadium).


#10 Irish Host #13 Baylor Saturday In Final Exhibition Match

Admission is free for fans attending Saturday's 1 p.m. (ET) contest at ND Practice Field.


2009 Season in Review

Notre Dame Women's Soccer Season in Review


Women's Soccer vs. Louisville

The Notre Dame Women's Soccer team beat Louisville, 1-0, at Alumni Stadium on September 27.


#2 Women's Soccer Downs Loyola-Chicago

The second-ranked Irish beat Loyola-Chicago 2-0 at Alumni Field on Friday, August 28.

Four-year monogram winner ... steady contributor in goal who made her biggest contributions during Notre Dame's historic near-perfect 2008 season and run to the NCAA national championship game ... had a hand in 35 shutouts during her career (14 solo) while notching a 0.68 career goals-against average (GAA) and a 34-3-0 record -- two of her three career losses came to North Carolina ... a quick and agile athlete with good size (5-foot-10) and a prototypical goalkeeper's body type to go along with a tremendous work ethic ... stood out in the postseason, when she recorded 0.47 GAA in 14 appearances with six solo shutouts (four in the NCAA Tournament) and an 8-1-0 record ... one of 25 Californians to play for the Notre Dame women's soccer program (through the 2009 season), with some others including five former All-Americans - forward Rosella Guerrero (Sacramento), midfielder Cindy Daws (Northridge), defender Carrie Dew (Encinitas) and goalkeepers Jen Renola (Los Gatos) and LaKeysia Beene (Gold River) - plus current U.S. National Team defensive midfield standout Shannon Boxx (Torrance) and record-setting forward Monica Gerardo (Simi Valley).

AS A SENIOR: Appeared in 13 games, starting nine times and compiling a 7-2-0 record in 875:31 minutes ... allowed 10 goals for a 1.03 GAA while notching 28 saves ... earned three solo shutouts and shared five other clean sheets ... began the season as the starter, a role held for the first six weeks of the season ... split season-opening shutout over Wisconsin (3-0) with Nikki Weiss, making one save ... tallied three stops in solo whitewash of Loyola-Chicago (2-0) ... dropped her first game of the season to top-ranked North Carolina (0-6), making four saves and allowing four goals in opening 45 minutes ... played second half and picked up two saves in a 2-0 loss at Santa Clara on opening night of SCU/adidas Classic ... went the distance and made four saves in a 2-0 loss to #3 Stanford at Santa Clara/adidas Classic (only loss to team other than UNC) ... got back in the win column with 4-0 blanking of DePaul in BIG EAST opener, working first 77 minutes and tallying three stops before giving way to Maddie Fox ... earned second solo clean sheet of the season against Northwestern (2-0) with two saves on her ledger ... made one save each in wins at Cincinnati (2-1) and at home against Louisville (1-0) ... credited with the overtime victory at West Virginia (3-2) while registering four saves in her final start of the season ... made relief appearances in three other games late in the year, closing out wins over #rv/22 Georgetown (2-0; one save in 45:00) on Senior Night, as well as South Florida in the BIG EAST quarterfinals (5-0; no saves in 25:00 of a rare triple shared shutout with Weiss and Fox) and IUPUI in the NCAA Tournament opener (5-0; two saves in 25:10).

AS A JUNIOR: Started all 27 games, posting a 26-1-0 record ... logged 2,240:51 minutes, but yielded only 11 goals against for a 0.44 GAA with 57 saves ... helped Notre Dame to an impressive 18 shutouts, including 10 solo shutouts ... her 18 combined shutouts tied for the school record jointly held by Renola (1995), Beene (1997) and Lauren Karas (2006) ... Lysander and the Irish defense recorded four consecutive clean sheets to start the season for the first time since 1995 and just the second time in program history ... earned Inn at Saint Mary's Classic goalkeeper MVP honors as the Irish shut out Loyola Marymount (4-0) and #21 Santa Clara (2-0) ... named the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week on Sept. 8 after helping Notre Dame to consecutive wins over #3 North Carolina (1-0) and #12 Duke (3-1) ... recorded three saves in the win over the Tar Heels and added two more versus Duke ... also had a three-save game as the Irish defeated #17 Penn State (3-1) ... followed that game with a four save effort in Notre Dame's 4-1 win over Louisville ... had five saves in Notre Dame's regular season win over Marquette at Alumni Field, including three second half stops (W, 3-1) ... in a battle of previously unbeaten teams in BIG EAST play, helped the Irish to a 3-1 win at #17 Georgetown by making three saves ... also made three saves in Notre Dame's 3-1 win over #24 Rutgers ... made two saves in ND's BIG EAST tournament title game win over Connecticut (1-0, ot) ... named to the BIG EAST all-tournament team as she led the Irish to three consecutive shutout wins en route to the title ... made her NCAA Championship debut with five saves versus Toledo in Notre Dame's first round win (5-2) ... made two vital saves to preserve a shutout as the Irish defeated Michigan State in NCAA Championship second round action (1-0) ... had another clean sheet in the third round as the Irish needed overtime to get past #22 Minnesota (1-0) ... one of her two saves in that contest was a game-saving stop in overtime ... had three saves as Notre Dame took out #6 Florida State to advance to the College Cup (2-0) ... made a career-high seven saves to keep #5 Stanford off the board in the national semifinal match, helping Notre Dame to a 1-0 win to advance to the NCAA title game ... seven saves were the most for a Irish goalkeeper in an NCAA Tournament game since Nov. 24, 2000 (Liz Wagner had eight saves in a 2-1 overtime victory over Santa Clara at Alumni Field) ... the last Notre Dame goalkeeper to post seven saves in a regulation game was Beene, who stopped seven shots on Dec. 3, 1999, in a 1-0 win over Santa Clara in the NCAA College Cup semifinals at San Jose, Calif. ... made two saves in the national championship game against #4 North Carolina (1-2) ... earned a place on the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team, the fourth Irish netminder to be so honored (first since Erika Bohn in 2004) ... helped keep Notre Dame either in front or tied for all but four minutes during the entire 2008 campaign.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in six games for the Irish, logging 179 minutes of play and posting a 2.51 GAA with three saves ... made her lone start of the season (third career) versus Michigan in the season opener ... made one save in first half while combining with Nikki Weiss to blank the Wolverines ... made one save in 16 minutes of play to combine with Karas to shut out Loyola-Chicago (3-0) in the first round of NCAA tournament ... also combined with Karas to blank Providence (4-0) and Georgetown (3-0), logging a combined 46 minutes of play ... tied a season-high mark for minutes played (45) in loss at #3 Santa Clara ... played final 30 minutes in exhibition draw with top-ranked North Carolina, allowing one goal ... closed out exhibition win over #11 Virginia (3-1 in Fort Wayne, Ind.), turning aside the only shot she faced ... looked solid during spring 2008 exhibition vs. Mexican National Team (2-1), earning start and stopping four of five shots she faced in first half.

AS A FRESHMAN: Logged 281 minutes while helping Notre Dame rank third nationally with a 0.40 GAA ... compiled 0.32 GAA while saving four of the five shots she faced and starting twice in eight total appearances ... made a pair of saves while playing full 90 minutes in opening win over Iowa State (9-0) ... played the first half two weeks later at TCU, with the Irish scoring twice in the final 45 for the 2-0 win ... closed four different 5-0 wins: at DePaul, at home against Pittsburgh and Seton Hall, and at Providence ... made two postseason appearances, with a goal allowed and a save in the BIG EAST title game versus Rutgers (4-2) ... played the final five minutes in NCAA opening win over Oakland (7-1) ... her 2006 preseason action included a shutout second half versus Virginia (3-0 in Traverse City, Mich.) and a scoreless first half in the 5-0 win over Xavier, with a save in each game.

ODP/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Member of Olympic Development Program (ODP) Region IV team from 2004-06 ... attended interregional event with Region IV team (Boca Raton, Fla.) ... member of Region IV player pool in 2003 ... played with Cal-South ODP team from 2002-06 ... member of same elite club program, the San Diego Surf, that produced former Notre Dame standout defender Carrie Dew ... headed to the Midwest (Des Moines, Iowa) for the U.S. Youth Soccer national club tournament, just days before reporting to Notre Dame ... the Surf lost to PDA Wildcats (N.J.) at the start of the national four-team round-robin, followed by 2-0 loss to Chicago-based Eclipse Select team (featuring ND classmates Amanda Clark and Michele Weissenhofer) and 3-1 defeat at the hands of eventual champion Dallas Texans squad (captained by another ND classmate, Haley Ford) ... the Surf's march to nationals went through the Region IV tournament in Boise, Idaho, with a 3-1 win over CSA Copa (Colo.) and a 1-0 victory over the Hawaii-based HSC Bulls before losing to the Avalanche Black team from Utah on the final day of round-robin (0- 2) ... the Surf still advanced to the Region IV semifinals and won a 3-2 battle with FC Royals (Wash.) before avenging the loss to the Avalanche in a 2-1 regional title game ... the Region IV tournament was preceded by the hard-fought Cal-South state cup, as the Surf edged the SoCal Blues in the 2-1 final (played in Rancho Capistrano) ... the Surf opened the state cup with wins over the Claremont Stars (4-0) and SASC Strikers (4-2) before a 3-1 semifinal win over SoCal United ... helped Surf win annual four-team event that pits top Cal- South teams versus top Cal-North teams, with the Surf beating SoCal United in the 2-1 final (fall '05) ... also member of 2002 Surf team that won annual WAGS tournament in Washington, D.C.

PREP & PERSONAL: Named 2006 All- American by National Soccer Coaches Association of America while playing for Rancho Bernardo High School ... four-year starter and two-year captain, setting school records for shutouts and goals-against average (career and single-season) ... earned first team all-CIF (all-state), first team all-Palomar League and first team all-North County honors as a junior in 2005, adding All-America, all-league and team MVP honors as a senior captain ... lettered with cross country team as a freshman ... father Rick pitched in the Major Leagues during the early 1980s, with the Oakland Athletics and Minnesota Twins ... brother Brent played baseball at Sonoma State University and for the Class-A Midwest League's Kane County (Ill.) Cougars, an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics ... daughter of Rick and Tracey Lysander ... full name is Kelsey Rae Lysander ... born Jan. 5, 1988, in Mountain View, Calif. ... graduated in May 2010 from the College of Arts and Letters with her bachelor's degree in political science ... two-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team selection (2008-09 and 2009-10).

Lysander's Career Statistics

Year G-S SV GA Min. GAA ShO W-L-T
2006 8/2 4 1 280:35 0.32 1/5 1-0-0
2007 6/1 3 5 179:13 2.51 0/4 0-0-0
2008 27/27 57 11 2240:51 0.44 10/18 26-1-0
2009 13/9 28 10 875:31 1.03 3/5 7-2-0
Totals 54/39 92 27 3576:10 0.68 14/21 34-3-0

Lysander In the Postseason

Event G-S SV GA Min. GAA ShO W-L-T
Big Easts 5/3 4 1 271:51 0.33 2/2 3-0-0
NCAAs 9/6 23 3 498:11 0.54 4/2 5-1-0
Totals 14/9 27 4 770:02 0.47 6/4 8-1-0

Kelsey Lysander
Kelsey  Lysander


San Diego, CA

High School:
Rancho Bernardo




San Diego Surf

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