Aug. 30, 2012
20th annual Notre Dame adidas Invitational
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-1-0 / 0-0-0 BIG EAST) vs. #24/16 Santa Clara Broncos (2-1-0 / 0-0-0 WCC)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-1-0 / 0-0-0 BIG EAST) vs. #19/19 North Carolina Tar Heels (0-1-1 / 0-0-0 ACC)
Notre Dame Hosts No. 24/16 Santa Clara, No. 19 North Carolina At Adidas Invitational
Notre Dame is coming off a 5-0 win over East Carolina on Aug. 26 at Alumni Stadium. Five different Fighting Irish players scored goals (three netting the first markers of their careers) in the victory, while freshman Elyse Hight and sophomore Sarah Voigt combined to make four saves and secure the shutout.
A Quick Look At The Fighting Irish
Scouting Santa Clara
Junior forward Sarah Jackson netted unassisted matchwinning goals in both victories, scoring the 30th minute at Cal and the fourth minute against UCR. Senior midfielder Meleana Shim and freshman midfielder Danielle Weatherholt also scored against Riverside. Freshman goalkeeper Andi Tostanoski made nine saves to earn the solo shutout at Cal and had three saves while splitting the UCR clean sheet with junior Alexis Rubattino (two saves).
Head coach Jerry Smith has a 384-119-44 (.742) record in 26 seasons at Santa Clara, including a 6-10-1 ledger against Notre Dame.
The Notre Dame-Santa Clara Series
The Fighting Irish and Broncos have alternated playing home and away almost annually since Notre Dame head coach Randy Waldrum arrived in 1999. The exceptions came in that '99 season (the teams had a rematch in the NCAA College Cup semifinals, won by the Fighting Irish, 1-0, at San Jose's Spartan Stadium) and in '01 (the regular-season match was cancelled along with numerous other athletic events nationwide following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11).
The Last Time Notre Dame And Santa Clara Met
After SCU's Sarah Jackson scored against the run of play in the 30th minute (off a right-side cross from Allie Vernon), the Fighting Irish drew level at 62:17, as Rebecca Twining chipped a dangerous ball from the left channel into the penalty area, where Henderson was racing in from the top of the box. SCU goalkeeper Bianca Henninger couldn't handle the ball cleanly as Henderson arrived almost simultaneously and the ball trickled free behind the SCU defense. Henderson then had a simple tap-in on an empty net for her team-leading seventh goal of the season (and 59th of her remarkable career).
Notre Dame had a wide shot advantage (22-10), as well as a 9-6 margin in shots on goal. The Fighting Irish also earned six of the seven corner kicks in the match, while Santa Clara had a 14-10 edge in fouls.
The draw earned Notre Dame its first point on its biannual trip to the San Francisco Bay Area since Sept. 21, 2003, when the Fighting Irish posted a 2-1 at Santa Clara.
The Last Time Notre Dame And Santa Clara Met At Alumni Stadium
Melissa Henderson set up Augustin's goal with a brilliant drop pass at the top of the box, with Augustin running on to the ball at full speed and rocketing a low shot past Santa Clara goalkeeper Bianca Henninger. It marked the second time in as many matches (and third in six contests dating back to the 2009 season) that Henderson set up Augustin for a score.
Goalkeeper Nikki Weiss registered her third shutout of 2010 behind a (then) career-high seven saves, including four in the second half. Henninger was credited with six stops in the Santa Clara net.
Notre Dame finished with a 16-13 edge in total shots, with each team recording seven shots on goal. The Broncos earned a 5-4 margin in corner kicks, while SCU was whistled for 17 of the 27 fouls on the night.
Notre Dame vs. West Coast Conference
Last season, the Fighting Irish drew 1-1 at No. 17/18 Santa Clara in their lone match against a WCC opponent on Sept. 11, 2011.
The Broncos also were the last WCC team to visit South Bend, with Notre Dame collecting a 1-0 victory over Santa Clara on Sept. 3, 2010, at Alumni Stadium.
Scouting North Carolina
The Tar Heels also played an exhibition against the University of Montreal on Aug. 26, earning a 1-0 overtime win on a goal by sophomore midfielder/defender Brooke Elby 38 seconds into extra time.
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Adelaide Gay has started both matches for UNC, making three saves at Portland and not recording a save while splitting the Florida shutout with junior Anna Sieloff, who had one stop and played the second half and both overtimes.
Head coach Anson Dorrance is in his 34th season at North Carolina with a 728-45-27 (.927) record, including a 13-5-2 mark against Notre Dame.
The Notre Dame-North Carolina Series
This will mark the fourth time in five years the teams have met during the regular season, swapping appearances in the other's tournament (the Fighting Irish visited Chapel Hill in 2008 and 2011, while UNC came to South Bend in 2009 and 2012).
Through the years, Notre Dame and North Carolina have played most often in the NCAA Championship, facing off in that crucible 10 times, including eight meetings in either the College Cup semifinals or national championship match. UNC holds a 7-3 record against the Fighting Irish in the postseason, although the two sides have split their last four NCAA Championship encounters.
The Last Time Notre Dame And North Carolina Met
Tar Heel forward Courtney Jones settled matters at 95:25, a frustrating end for the Fighting Irish, who controlled the run of play for large stretches and wound up with the edge in all statistical categories.
Notre Dame had an 11-9 lead in total shots, and doubled up UNC in shots on goal by an 8-4 count. The Fighting Irish also earned five of the seven corner kicks in the contest, while the Tar Heels were whistled for 15 fouls to seven for Notre Dame (Jones received the lone yellow card), and the Fighting Irish garnered all three offside calls.
Goalkeeper Sarah Voigt looked sharp in her college debut, going the distance and making two saves. North Carolina netminder Hannah Daly had to be on her game and she was, registering a career-high seven saves (including four in the opening 16 minutes).
Ranee Premji put the hosts on the board at 19:13, driving a shot from the top of the box through traffic and inside the left post. Notre Dame kept pushing for the equalizer, in spite of deteriorating conditions (due to the early fringes of Hurricane Irene), and finally got it on Hall's goal with less than 20 minutes to go.
The Fighting Irish nearly won the match in regulation, but Jessica Schuveiller's header (off a Mandy Laddish free kick) rang the crossbar with 4:04 to play and UNC was able to push the contest into overtime. The Tar Heels then registered both shots in the extra period, winning when Jones scored in the 96th minute.
The Last Time Notre Dame And North Carolina Met At Alumni Stadium
Jessica McDonald had two goals and an assist, while Casey Nogueira added a goal and an assist for North Carolina, which scored twice in the first seven minutes and had the hosts chasing the match the rest of the night.
North Carolina finished with a 19-15 shot advantage, although Notre Dame outshot the Tar Heels, 13-7 in the second half. UNC also earned an 11-4 spread in shots on goal, a 6-3 edge in corner kicks and a 16-9 margin in fouls.
Notre Dame vs. Atlantic Coast Conference
The Fighting Irish went 0-2 against ACC opponents last year, losing to both North Carolina (2-1, ot) and Duke (3-1) at the Carolina Classic. Notre Dame's last win against an ACC team came on Nov. 20, 2010, when it defeated UNC, 4-1 in Chapel Hill, N.C., in the third round of the NCAA Championship.
The Fighting Irish also are 19-3-1 (.848) all-time at home against ACC teams, and will be playing host to an ACC opponent for the first time since Sept. 4, 2009, when North Carolina earned a 6-0 victory in the Inn at Saint Mary's Classic (now Notre Dame adidas Invitational) at Alumni Stadium.
Notre Dame's most recent home win against an ACC team came on Nov. 28, 2008, when the Fighting Irish blanked No. 6 Florida State, 2-0 in the NCAA Championship quarterfinals at old Alumni Field.
North Carolina's Anson Dorrance is first in both wins and winning percentage with a 728-45-27 (.927) record in 34 seasons, all at UNC.
Connecticut's Len Tsantiris is second in wins and 12th in winning percentage with a 493-164-48 (.733) record in 32 seasons, all with the Huskies.
Santa Clara's Jerry Smith is third in wins and eighth in winning percentage with a 384-119-44 (.742) record in 26 seasons, all at the Broncos' helm.
Notre Dame's Randy Waldrum is fifth in wins and fourth in winning percentage with a 372-95-26 (.781) record in 23 seasons, the past 14 with the Fighting Irish, following prior stops at Tulsa (1989-94) and Baylor (1996-98).
Match #3 Recap: East Carolina
Junior forward Rebecca Twining scored the eventual match-winning goal with 10 minutes to go in first half, before the Fighting Irish swamped the Pirates with four goals in a little more than 25 minutes during the second half. Freshman forwards Crystal Thomas and Anna Maria Gilbertson, and sophomore midfielder Karin Simonian each opened their college scoring accounts (Gilbertson factored into four of the five scores, with temporary defensive deflections the only thing preventing her from earning two assists, and she was fouled to set up a free kick score), while sophomore forward Lauren Bohaboy added her first goal of 2012.
Freshman goalkeeper Elyse Hight worked the first 74:04 between the pipes for the Fighting Irish, making three saves. Sophomore Sarah Voigt came on to spell Hight in the final quarter-hour and had one save.
Notre Dame finished with a 31-12 edge in total shots, including a 12-4 margin in shots on goal. The Fighting Irish also earned a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks, while fouls were virtually even (9-7 against ECU).
Beyond The Box Score: East Carolina
Naughton is the third Notre Dame freshman in as many seasons to earn her way onto the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week, and the first since current sophomore forward Lauren Bohaboy was chosen on Oct. 3, 2011. What's more, Naughton is the first Fighting Irish player from any class to make the TDS squad since Oct. 24, 2011, when Melissa Henderson copped her second nod of the season, and the last of nine in her storied career.
Another Notre Dame freshman also earned accolades on Monday, as goalkeeper Elyse Hight was named the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week. Hight did not allow a goal in 164:04 of action last week, making five saves in a solo shutout of Tulsa, and then three saves in the first 74:04 vs. East Carolina. Hight also posted her first career win and clean sheet at Tulsa (two hours northeast of her hometown of Edmond), becoming the first Fighting Irish rookie netminder to register a solo shutout since Aug. 22, 2006, when Kelsey Lysander blanked Iowa State, 9-0 at old Alumni Field.
Hight is the first Notre Dame freshman to earn BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week honors since Sept. 23, 2002, when Erika Bohn claimed the award. Hight also is the first Fighting Irish player from any class chosen as BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week since Sept. 6, 2010, when Nikki Weiss garnered the second of her two citations that season.
Rounding out this week's trio of Notre Dame award recipients was junior midfielder/tri-captain Elizabeth Tucker, who was named the Chicagoland Soccer News Player of the Week and also played her way into a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.
Tucker netted both goals in the win at Tulsa, becoming the first Fighting Irish player since 2004 (Amanda Cinalli) to score Notre Dame's first two goals of the season. It also was Tucker's third career multi-goal match, and first since Nov. 26, 2010, when she posted a brace at Oklahoma State in the NCAA Championship quarterfinals, helping the Fighting Irish to a 2-0 win during a successful run to the program's third NCAA national championship.
Meet The #BabyIrish
Not only does the hashtag pay tribute to the median age of his team, but Waldrum also has used the term to refer to the (sometimes painful) growing process that the Notre Dame squad is going through this season.
Although he knows his team must crawl before it can walk, Waldrum insists that he doesn't plan to keep the hashtag for long. The goal is see his charges continue developing on a daily, weekly and monthly basis to the point where they're just the #Irish by the end of the 2012 campaign.
The 2-0 Guarantee
In fact, just two of the past 223 Fighting Irish opponents to face a 2-0 deficit have forced a draw, something achieved by four opponents in Notre Dame history: Duke on Oct. 17, 1993, in Houston (ND won 3-2), Connecticut on Nov. 10, 1996, in the BIG EAST final at old Alumni Field (ND led 2-0, later tied 2-2 and 3-3, ND won 4-3), Duke on Nov. 30, 2007, in the NCAA quarterfinals at old Alumni Field (ND won 3-2), and most recently, Villanova on Oct. 12, 2008 in Villanova, Pa. (ND won 3-2 in OT).
Three ... Is The Magic Number
Golden Domers Golden In OT
Last year, the Fighting Irish tied a pair of school records by going to extra time on five occasions (also in 2001 and 2007) and registering three draws (also in 1991 and 2001).
No current Notre Dame player has scored a "golden goal" in her college career. Jessica Schuveiller netted the most recent overtime matchwinner for the Fighting Irish on Nov. 6, 2009, heading home a cross from Rose Augustin at 98:42 to beat St. John's in the BIG EAST semifinals at Storrs, Conn.
Next Up: Nike Showcase
Notre Dame wraps up its two-game road trip at noon PT (3 p.m. ET) Sept. 9 when it travels to Seattle to take on Washington at Husky Soccer Stadium. It will be the first time the Fighting Irish have played UW since Sept. 16, 2000, when Notre Dame earned a 5-0 win in Portland.