Oct. 29, 2011
BIG EAST Championship -- Quarterfinal
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-6-3 / 6-3-2 BIG EAST) vs. #5/9 Marquette Golden Eagles (17-2-0 / 10-1-0 BIG EAST)
DATE: October 30, 2011
Notre Dame Visits No. 5/9 Marquette Sunday In BIG EAST Quarterfinals
Notre Dame (9-6-3) capped the regular season and celebrated Senior Night in style last Friday night with a 5-1 victory over DePaul at Alumni Stadium. Senior forward Melissa Henderson tied seven school records with her four-goal effort, including two goal 58 seconds apart in the second half to settle matters. Classmate Brynn Gerstle added her second career goal (and first at home), as the Fighting Irish continued a late-season push that has seen them go unbeaten in six of their last seven matches.
A Quick Look At The Fighting Irish
Not surprisingly, senior forward Melissa Henderson (17G-7A) has been one of the driving forces for the Fighting Irish of late, piling up 16 points (6G-4A) in this current seven-match late-season run. The centerpiece of her efforts came in that win over DePaul, when she netted four goals (including a natural hat trick) to tie one of seven school records (either match, season or career) on the night. She also became the first BIG EAST player in more than 13 years to score four goals in a regular-season league fixture.
Henderson's fellow senior and tri-captain Jessica Schuveiller also has made waves of late, thanks in part to a move into the midfield from her traditional center-back position. Since the switch became permanent in late September, Schuveiller has 12 points (5G-2A), including three opening goals and two that would stand up as match-winners.
Junior goalkeeper Maddie Fox has settled in as well, collecting two solo shutouts and sharing two others in this recent stretch. She also has allowed just two opponent goals in the run of play (two others were own-goals) while amassing a 0.58 goals-against average (GAA) and .818 save percentage through those seven matches.
Sophomore forward Maegan Kelly has been Marquette's talisman all year long, posting a team-high 14 goals (including six match-winners) and 10 assists. Madigan is second on the squad with seven goals, while Reigle has piled up a team-best seven assists.
The Golden Eagles also are bolstered by a veteran defense, led by senior goalkeeper Natalie Kulla, who set the pace in the BIG EAST this year with a 0.65 GAA and 10 shutouts while playing all but 75 minutes this year.
Head coach Markus Roeders is in his 16th season at Marquette with a 235-87-34 record, including a 2-6 mark against Notre Dame.
The Notre Dame-Marquette Series
On the other hand, this will be the fifth time Notre Dame has faced the Golden Eagles in the BIG EAST Championship, with the Fighting Irish having won each of the previous four matches (2005, 2006 and 2008 semifinals; 2009 final).
The Last Time Notre Dame And Marquette Met
Senior forward/tri-captain Melissa Henderson netted her 11th goal of the season and senior defender/tri-captain Jessica Schuveiller sent the match to overtime with her goal in the 72nd minute. Sophomore midfielder Rebecca Twining picked up the assist on Henderson's score, while senior defender Ellen Bartindale collected the first point of her collegiate career with the assist on Schuveiller's equalizer.
Junior goalkeeper Maddie Fox did all she could in the Fighting Irish net, tying her career high with six saves, including two brilliant stops inside the final 10 minutes of regulation.
Marquette got a goal and assist from Maegan Kelly, while Ashley Stemmeler scored her first goal of the year, and Taylor Madigan potted the match-winner at 90:18. The Golden Eagles held a 19-9 edge in total shots (9-6 in shots on goal), as well as an 8-5 advantage on corner kicks, while Notre Dame was charged with nine of 15 fouls during the afternoon.
The Last Time Notre Dame And Marquette Met In The BIG EAST Championship
Lauren Fowlkes fired a low drive into the far right corner of the net to beat Golden Eagle goalkeeper Natalie Kulla at 12:09 for the early 1-0 Fighting Irish lead.
The Golden Eagles answered with a goal of their own at 22:12 when Julia Victor sent a bounding ball into the box and Rachel Sloan nodded it into the net.
Notre Dame was able to capitalize for the match-winner with just under 20 minutes left. Melissa Henderson found Erica Iantorno's feet with a pass on the far side of the box. The junior quickly slid the ball towards the center of the goal and Clark got a touch on the ball to re-direct it past Kulla.
Kulla finished the day with five saves for Marquette, while Nikki Weiss made six saves for Notre Dame. The Golden Eagles held a 5-1 edge on corner kicks, and Marquette held a 21-14 advantage on shots (each team had seven shots on goal).
Other Notre Dame-Marquette Series Tidbits
Match #18 Recap: DePaul
Henderson also matched the school record with her sixth career hat trick (record-tying third this year) and second career four-goal performance, in addition to becoming the just the fifth player to score four times in a BIG EAST regular-season match (and first since Seton Hall's Kelly Smith on Oct. 16, 1998, at Pittsbugh).
Collectively, Notre Dame (9-6-3, 6-3-2 BIG EAST) posted its highest offensive output of the conference season (and second-best overall, trailing only a 7-1 win over Tulsa back on Sept. 2). Senior midfielder Brynn Gerstle netted her second goal of the season, while classmates Molly Campbell and Jessica Schuveiller collected assists to highlight the Senior Night effort for the Fighting Irish. Sophomores Kecia Morway and Adriana Leon also picked up assists during the evening.
Junior goalkeeper Maddie Fox went a spotless opening 79:33 between the pipes for Notre Dame, making two saves. Freshman netminder Jennifer Jasper then made her college debut during the final 10-plus minutes, also recording two saves.
DePaul's Rachel Pitman helped the Blue Demons (3-14-1, 1-9-1) avoid the shutout, scoring with 40 seconds left in the match off a corner kick by Beth Perry. DePaul goalkeeper Megan Pyrz was under fire for much of the night, but did make eight saves in going the distance.
More Than Meets The Eye
Still, the Fighting Irish own a 40-5-5 (.850) record in the past 50 contests when closing out the weekend, dating back to September 2007 (when Notre Dame lost three consecutive Sunday matches to nationally-ranked Stanford, Oklahoma State and Penn State, all by 2-1 scores and the first two in overtime).
Henderson A Trend Setter
This season, Henderson leads the BIG EAST in goals (17), goals per match (0.94), points (41), points per match (2.28) and total shots (70). She also is among the top five in the conference in shots per match (2nd - 3.89), assists (tied-4th - 7) and assists per match (tied-4th - 0.39).
On the national stage, Henderson ranks among the top 10 in total goals (fifth), total points (fifth), goals per match (seventh) and points per match (ninth). She is one of seven players in the country currently in the top 10 in all four categories (as of Oct. 24).
What's more, Henderson has a school record-tying three hat tricks this season (vs. Indiana, Cincinnati and DePaul), making her one of only four BIG EAST players with a three-goal night, and the only one to do it more than once. She also now has six career hat tricks, tying the school record held by two-time Hermann Trophy recipient Kerri Hanks (2005-08) and Jenny Heft (1996-99).
The "Texas" hat trick she bagged vs. DePaul on Oct. 21 was notable in that she became just the fifth player to score four goals in a BIG EAST regular-season match, and the first in more than 13 years -- former Seton Hall All-American and England National Team striker Kelly Smith was the last to do so on Oct. 16, 1998, at Pittsburgh.
These markers have been particularly valuable to Fighting Irish fortunes. In fact, during Henderson's career, Notre Dame is 41-3-3 when she scores a goal, something she's done in 20 of her last 33 outings, dating back to last season. The Fighting Irish also are 52-3-3 all-time when Henderson tallies a point, which she has done in 38 of the past 53 contests, a stretch that carries back to 2009.
The only times Notre Dame has lost when Henderson had a goal or point came earlier this season, when she scored goals at No. 2 Stanford (lost 2-1 on Sept. 9) and No. 14/15 Marquette (lost 3-2 in overtime on Sept. 25), as well as at home vs. Georgetown (lost 3-2 on Oct. 14).
Henderson Called Into U-23 Camp
Sundhage was at the camp to evaluate players for possible call-ups to U.S. National Team camps heading into next January's Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, and potentially for the run to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Henderson is no stranger to U.S. Soccer, having played with age-group national teams since 2006, including the past three years with the U-23 National Team. In that program's most recent cycle, which concluded this summer, Henderson scored five goals and added an assist, including three goals at the Four Nations Tournament in Leicester, England, in February/March 2011, leading the United States to the tournament title.
Not bad for someone who played much of her rookie season at the holding midfield spot (in place of the injured Courtney Barg) and thus ended up with five points (2G-1A) for the year.
As Tough As An Old Schu
In that time, Schuveiller has helped Notre Dame post 77 wins, 54 shutouts and a 0.72 goals-against average (GAA), with only one team scoring more than three goals in a single match against the Fighting Irish under her watch (UNC 6-0 on Sept. 4, 2009, at Alumni Stadium).
Lately, Schuveiller has assumed a more attack-minded role for the Fighting Irish at the holding midfielder, leading Notre Dame to a 5-1-1 record with four shutouts since she stepped into that position full-time on Sept. 30 vs. Connecticut. Schuveiller also has chalked up five goals and two assists in the past eight contests after having scored five goals in the first 88 matches of her career.
A two-time NSCAA all-region pick and the 2010 NCAA Women's College Cup Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Schuveiller was one of 25 players (along with classmate Melissa Henderson) named to this year's Soccer America Preseason All-America Team.
Getting The Hang Of Things
However, that score turned out to be the first sign of Bohaboy's uncanny attacking presence, with the Fighting Irish rookie having scored six goals and added three assists this season, all (except one assist) coming in BIG EAST Conference play. Included in that flurry was a two-goal effort in a nationally-televised 3-0 win over Connecticut on Sept. 30 at Alumni Stadium.
As a result, Bohaboy currently leads all conference freshmen in goals (6) and points (15), and during BIG EAST matches, she tied for fifth in the league in goals and goals per match (0.55), and shared ninth in the loop in points (14) and points per match (1.27).
Out-Foxing The Competition
For the season, Fox ranks second in the BIG EAST in goals-against average (0.79) and tops in save percentage (.817).
Three Best Friends Anyone Could Have
Actually, Barg and Schuveiller have known each other even longer, going back nearly 15 years to the second grade before linking up with Henderson three years later.
ND Seniors Among Nation's Best
The .833 winning percentage compiled by the Fighting Irish seniors also is third-best on the national scene.
We Love The New Digs
Packing Them In
Notre Dame's rise in attendance this season includes a stadium-record 3,511 fans for its Sept. 2 contest against Tulsa on the opening night of the Notre Dame adidas Invitational. That crowd was not only the second sellout in stadium history (after 3,007 attended the opener vs. North Carolina on Sept. 4, 2009), but also the 11th-largest crowd in the nation this season.
Incidentally, Notre Dame's match at North Carolina on Aug. 26 attracted the largest crowd of the 2011 season thus far, with 5,236 fans on hand for the Tar Heels' 2-1 overtime win.
The Fighting Irish also have played in front of three sellout crowds this year (home vs. Tulsa on Sept. 2; at Stanford on Sept. 9; at Cincinnati on Sept. 18).
Our Fearless Leader
A two-time National Coach of the Year (2009 by Soccer America, 2010 by NSCAA), Waldrum has led Notre Dame to eight NCAA College Cups, five NCAA finals and two national championships (2004 and 2010). He also is second in NCAA Division I history with eight College Cup appearances and five title-match berths in his storied career.
New Kid On The Block
A native of Pendleton, N.Y., and a 2009 graduate of Starpoint High School, Borner spent the 2009-10 academic year at Binghamton University, where she played in 15 matches for the Bearcats, helping them to a 9-7-2 record and berth in the America East Conference championship semifinals. She then transferred to Notre Dame prior to the 2010-11 academic year, but did not play soccer after undergoing a pair of surgeries on her right foot.
The 2-0 Guarantee
In fact, just two of the past 221 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
The Fighting Irish have gone to extra time on five occasions this year, tying the school record first set in 2001 and duplicated in 2007. Notre Dame also has tied a school record with three draws, a mark the Fighting Irish first set in 1991.
Two current Notre Dame players have scored "golden goals" in their college careers -- senior forward Melissa Henderson (Nov. 9, 2008 vs. UConn in the BIG EAST final at old Alumni Field) and senior defender/midfielder Jessica Schuveiller (Nov. 6, 2009 vs. St. John's in the BIG EAST semifinals at Storrs, Conn.).
Schuveiller is making history as the first three-year captain in the 24-year history of Fighting Irish women's soccer. When she first earned the armband in 2009, Schuveiller was Notre Dame's first non-senior captain since Amy Warner in 2002.
Barg and Henderson are in their first seasons as team captains.
Next Up: BIG EAST Semifinal
Notre Dame has faced both of its potential semifinal opponents this season. The Fighting Irish dropped a 1-0 decision to Louisville in their conference opener on Sept. 16 at Alumni Stadium, and defeated Providence, 3-0 on Oct. 2, also at Alumni Stadium.
In an interesting twist, Notre Dame has never played either Louisville or Providence in the BIG EAST Championship.