Women's Soccer



Irish Commemorate 2016 Season At Annual Banquet Saturday

Team bestows yearly awards at year-end celebration


What To Watch For: Miami

Irish close out regular-season slate at home Thursday against the Hurricanes


Ten Questions: Kaela Little

Get to know the senior goalkeeper in the second installment of Ten Questions


Irish Abroad In France: Paris, Part II

Senior Rilka Noel blogs from the team's final days in Paris


What To Watch For: Duke

#15/8 Irish set to clash with #22/21 Duke on Sunday


Notre Dame v. Pittsburgh

Notre Dame v. Pittsburgh


Notre Dame v. Wake Forest

Notre Dame v. Wake Forest

AS A JUNIOR: Saw the field in five games in 2015 ... recorded time against Valparaiso (8/21/15), Michigan State (9/6/15), Indiana (9/11/15), Florida State (9/27/15) and Oakland (11/13/15) ... played a season-high 24 minutes in the 5-0 win over the Golden Grizzlies in the NCAA Championship first round ... earned a monogram.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Appeared in two matches during the 2014 season against Oakland and USC … averaged 0.50 shots per game … played for a total of 26 minutes on the season.

AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 17 matches as a reserve, primarily as part of second midfield unit ... collected one goal and took nine shots (five on goal) during rookie campaign ... made college debut in season opener against No. 25 Illinois (4-1) ... tallied first career goal against Duke, scoring with 1:24 left in first half of double-overtime contest (1-2) ... had season-high two shots (both on goal) against Duke ... also had two shots against Pittsburgh (3-0) ... saw most minutes of season in two matches at top-10 foe Virginia Tech (54 in regular season, 55 in ACC Tournament quarterfinal) ... made NCAA postseason debut with appearances in first two rounds against Iowa (4-1) and Western Michigan (1-0) ... earned substantial playing time during spring 2014 season, including starting assignment and 68 minutes of action against NWSL's Chicago Red Stars (2-0), as well as outings at Michigan (1-0), and at home in international friendlies against the Haiti National Team (2-0) and the Mexico Under-20 National Team (2-0).

NATIONAL TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: Member of U.S. Soccer Girls' National Team player pools in 2010 (U-14) and 2011 (U-15).

ODP/CLUB TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: Member of Region II ODP Team from 2010-12 ... part of Region II ODP team that competed in Costa Rica in 2011 (was named MVP of tournament played there) ... played for Michigan ODP squad from 2008-12 ... spent club career playing for powerful Michigan Hawks program ... helped Hawks to MRL, regional and state cups, as well as Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) U-17 National Championship final-16 appearance in 2012 ... participated in Puma Women's Elite Showcase in 2011 ... ranked No. 113 in the 2013 Top Drawer Soccer Girls IMG Academy 150 player ratings (four-star ranking; No. 9 in Great Lakes Region).

PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Marian High School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. ... helped MHS to Division II state title in 2012 ... daughter of Marie and Rilck Noel ... has two brothers, Chris and Patrick ... worked closely with Summer in the City, a non-profit organization formed with partnership in Detroit during past decade ... with that organization, spent much of her time in Detroit's gardens as part of The Greening of Detroit project (converting empty lots into community gardens, giving local residents healthy food options through growing fruits and vegetables, as well as beautifying the neighborhood) ... also participated in painting murals and playing with younger school children through programs created by the Summer in the City organization ... seventh Michigan native to play for Notre Dame, and the first since Mia Sarkesian (1998-2001) ... enrolled in the College of Arts & Letters and is pursuing a French major.

Noel's Career Statistics


Rilka Noel
Rilka  Noel


West Bloomfield, Mich.

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Event Calendar


August 9
4:00 PM
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 13
1:00 PM
Evanston, Ill. (Lanny and Sharon Martin Stadium)
August 18
7:00 PM
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 20
1:30 PM
Ball State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 25
5:00 PM
Iowa City, Iowa (UI Soccer Complex)
August 27
2:00 PM
Iowa City, Iowa (UI Soccer Complex)
September 1
7:00 PM
South Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 3
12:00 PM
Santa Clara
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 8
7:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio (Jesse Owens Stadium)
September 10
1:00 PM
Toledo, Ohio (Scott Park)
September 16
7:00 PM
Clemson, S.C. (Riggs Field)
September 21
7:00 PM
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 24
1:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 29
5:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 5
7:00 PM
Charlottesville, Va. (Klockner Stadium)
October 8
1:00 PM
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 14
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 19
7:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Seminole Soccer Complex)
October 22
12:00 PM
Coral Gables, Fla. (Cobb Stadium)
October 26
6:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Fetzer Field)

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