Sept. 2, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Sophomore forward Adriana Leon (Maple, Ontario/The Country Day School) had two goals and an assist, while senior All-America forward/tri-captain Melissa Henderson (Garland, Texas/Berkner) and sophomore midfielder Mandy Laddish (Lee's Summit, Mo./Lee's Summit) each added a goal and two assists, sparking No. 10/7 Notre Dame to a 7-1 rout of Tulsa on Friday night at the 19th annual Notre Dame adidas Invitational at Alumni Stadium. The seven goals not only set a new tournament record, but also were the most scored by the Fighting Irish in a single match since the 2008 season opener (a 7-0 win over Michigan at old Alumni Field).
Senior defender/tri-captain Jessica Schuveiller (Plano, Texas/Plano West), sophomore midfielder Rebecca Twining (Houston, Texas/Second Baptist School) and senior midfielder Ellen Jantsch (Kansas City, Mo./St. Teresa's Academy) also scored goals for the Fighting Irish, with Twining becoming the third Notre Dame player in as many matches to score her first career goal.
Notre Dame (2-2) outshot Tulsa by a staggering 39-4 margin, as the Fighting Irish piled up their largest shot total since Aug. 27, 2000 (49 shots vs. Detroit). In addition, Notre Dame collected a 16-2 edge in shots on goal and earned all four corner kicks in the match. Freshman goalkeeper Sarah Voigt (Middleburg, Fla./St. John's Country Day School) worked the first 45 minutes and did not make a save while claiming her first collegiate win. Junior netminder Maddie Fox (San Jose, Calif./Leigh) played the entire second half and made one save.
Rachel Garcia scored the lone goal for the Golden Hurricane (3-1) just six seconds into the match, but it would be the lone bright spot for Tulsa during the night. Goalkeeper Katie Bykowski was busy throughout the evening, registering nine saves, including a handful of sparkling stops that kept the final margin from being even more lopsided.
After Garcia's first-minute score directly from the opening kickoff sent murmurs through the overflow crowd at Alumni Stadium, Notre Dame responded with an impressive display of firepower. Schuveiller started the deluge at the 3:41 mark, teeing up a free kick from just outside the top of the penalty area and burying it inside the left post for her first goal of the season.
Leon then stepped to center stage, posting her first career two-goal match with a pair of scores less than five minutes apart. The first came at 8:12 of the first half and began with a pinpoint left-side cross from Laddish that sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Tucker (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny) headed off the crossbar. The rebound dropped to the right side of the six-yard box, where Leon pounced on the loose ball and hammered it high into the empty net.
In the 14th minute, the Canadian striker was at her opportunistic self once again. Sophomore defender Kecia Morway (Lake Villa, Ill./Lakes Community) started the sequence with a well-weighted chip for Henderson inside the top edge of the box. Henderson spun off her defender and cracked a rising shot that rocked the crossbar, and freshman forward Lauren Bohaboy (Mission Viejo, Calif./Santa Margarita) drove the rebound off a defender to the right side of the six-yard area. Leon found herself in the right spot at the right time, and drilled home her second goal of the night (13:07).
Leon's score also kicked off a stretch that saw Henderson factor into three consecutive Fighting Irish goals. After getting the secondary assist on Leon's brace, Henderson found the back of the net herself, calmly recovering after her penalty kick try ricocheted off the post and back to her on the spot. The veteran quickly one-timed the rebound past a helpless Bykowski and Notre Dame had its fourth goal just past the midpoint of the first half (22:53).
Henderson capped her spree in the opening half-hour with a precise cross from the left flank and carved through the heart of the Tulsa defense. Twining expertly timed her run into the area and was rewarded with a point-blank header that officially opened her collegiate scoring account at 29:47.
The second half saw more of the same, as Notre Dame outshot the Golden Hurricane, 20-3 in the final 45 minutes. Leon would pick up her fifth point of the night, threading the needle with a beautiful angled pass in the attacking third and giving Laddish plenty of space for a long-range blast that clipped the underside of the crossbar on its way to pay dirt (67:59).
Jantsch wrote the final scoring chapter for the Fighting Irish, running on to a sharp cross from junior forward Lindsay Brown (Newport Beach, Calif./Mater Dei) and driving home a short-range header at 84:59.
In Friday's opening match at the Notre Dame adidas Invitational, Indiana spotted Western Michigan an early goal in the fifth minute, then roared back for a 4-1 victory.
On Sunday's second day of tournament action, Notre Dame and Indiana will square off at 1:30 p.m. (ET), following the opening contest of the day when Western Michigan clashes with Tulsa (11 a.m. ET). Tickets for those matches are available at the Alumni Stadium ticket windows one hour prior to the kickoff, or in advance by going on-line to the official Notre Dame athletics ticketing web page (www.UND.com/tickets). Sunday's Notre Dame-Indiana match also will be webcast live and free of charge through the official Notre Dame athletics web site (www.UND.com).
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POST MATCH NOTES: Notre Dame's seven goals are the most they have scored in a single match since Aug. 22, 2008, when the Fighting Irish defeated Michigan, 7-0, in the season opener at old Alumni Field ... the seven goals against Tulsa also broke a Notre Dame adidas Invitational record for goals in a tournament match, topping the old mark of six set on three occasions (the last on Sept. 4, 2009, by North Carolina against Notre Dame, with others coming by Notre Dame vs. Santa Clara in 2000 and Notre Dame vs. Maryland in 2005) ... the Fighting Irish had six different goalscorers on Friday against Tulsa, one shy of the most in the 13-year Randy Waldrum era (1999-present), with that mark of seven goalscorers being set four times, most recently in the 2008 Michigan match ... Notre Dame's 39 shots are the sixth-most in the Waldrum era and most since a Waldrum era-record 49 shots against Detroit on Aug. 27, 2000 ... the Fighting Irish +35 shot margin is their highest in a single match since Oct. 21, 2005, when Notre Dame outshot Villanova, 37-2 on the way to a 4-0 victory at old Alumni Field ... the Fighting Irish had a season-high 16 shots on goal, their best total since Sept. 26, 2010, when they also had 16 shots on goal in a 5-0 win at No. 24/18 Louisville ... Notre Dame's +14 margin in shots on goal is its best since Nov. 2, 2008, when the Fighting Irish held an 18-1 edge in shots on goal during a 5-0 win over Cincinnati in the BIG EAST Championship quarterfinals at Alumni Field ... Notre Dame improves to 30-5-2 all-time in its home tournament with a 104-37 scoring margin ... the Fighting Irish are 297-3-1 (.988) all-time when scoring three goals in a match, including a 199-1-0 (.995) record since Oct. 6, 1995 ... the Fighting Irish are 2-0 all-time against Tulsa, having also defeated the Golden Hurricane, 2-0 on Sept. 1, 2000 ... Notre Dame is 5-3 all-time against the current Conference USA alignment, including a 4-0 record at home ... Henderson moved up to 13th place on the Fighting Irish career scoring list with 129 points (54G-21A), passing Alison Lester (126 points from 1990-93) ... Henderson also becomes the 26th Notre Dame women's soccer player to amass 20 goals and 20 assists in her career, while chalking up her 19th career multi-point match (second this season) ... Notre Dame is 37-0-2 (.974) all-time when Henderson scores a goal, and 46-0-2 (.979) all-time when she registers a point ... for the third consecutive match, the Fighting Irish featured a player scoring her first career goal, with Twining following in the footsteps of junior defender Jazmin Hall (at North Carolina) and senior midfielder Brynn Gerstle (vs. Duke) ... Bohaboy registered her first collegiate point with an assist on Leon's second goal of the night ... Brown notched her second career assist by setting up Jantsch's clincher (Brown also had an assist on Nov. 13, 2009, against IUPUI in the first round of the NCAA Championship at Alumni Stadium) ... Notre Dame played 22 different players on Friday night against Tulsa, with a pair of sophomores -- midfielder Nicole Rodriguez and forward Tayler Turner (a Granger native and South Bend St. Joseph's graduate) -- earning their way onto the pitch for the first time in their college careers ... Garcia's goal tied for the second-fastest goal at the start of a match in NCAA Division I history, topped only by North Carolina's Yael Averbuch, who scored four seconds into a win over Yale on Sept. 3, 2006, in Chapel Hill, N.C. ... the combined 13 goals on the opening night of this year's Notre Dame adidas Invitational are a tournament record for day one, easily topping the old standard of 10 goals set in 2000 (Stanford 3-0 over Connecticut, Notre Dame 6-1 over Santa Clara).