Nov. 4, 2007
BIG EAST QUARTERFINAL - Rutgers vs. #10 Notre Dame ... Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007 ... Alumni Field (Notre Dame, Ind.)
(note: program best viewed via PDF link - also includes "Tale of the Tape" statistical comparison, team rosters, action photos and ND headshot sheet)
GAME NOTES - The winner of today's quarterfinal (a quick rematch of ND's 3-1 win at RU on Nov. 28) moves on to face the winner of the Georgetown at UConn game (the other quarterfinals: Villanova at West Virginia; Marquette at Louisville) ... Rutgers emerged from a first-round game at St. John's on Thursday (0-0/-2 in PKs, with Erin Guthrie stopping SJU's first two; VU beat USF 2-0 in the other 1st-round game) ... both of next week's BIG EAST semifinals (Nov. 9; 5:00 and 7:30) and the BIG EAST title game (Nov. 11; noon) will be televised live on CSTV (all three games are at WVU; the title game also will air on other BIG EAST affiliates) ... Notre Dame is riding a 10-game win streak (nation's longest active streak) that includes a 34-5 scoring margin and four shutouts, while allowing only 67 shots (6.7/gm), 23 shots on goal (2.3/gm) and 16 corner kicks (1.6/gm) in the win streak ... ND has won 256 consecutive games when taking a 2-0 lead and owns 76 straight wins when scoring 3-plus goals (also 155-1-0 in the past 156 games when scoring 3-plus, since 1995) ... the Irish are 47-2-2 in their past 51 home games (2004-07) but have two losses this season at Alumni Field ... ND's all-time record at Alumni Field (199-16-4/.917, from 1990-2007) includes a .961 win pct. against teams not ranked in the NSCAA top-25 (136-4-3) ... ND is 8-0-0 in the BIG EAST quarterfinals and owns a 27-2-0 overall record in the BIG EAST Tournament ... the Irish are in quest of their 10th BIG EAST Tournament title in 13 years of league membership (1995-2001, '05, '06) ... Rutgers is 4-9 all-time in the BET, including a runner-up finish to ND in 2006 (4-2, at UConn; RU advanced past UConn on OKs in the '06 quarters and beat WVU 3-2 in the semi's) ... ND posted a 2006 quarterfinal win over SJU (3-0) and then beat Marquette in a 2-0 semifinal ... the Irish are 44-3-0 (.936) in all-time home games during the BIG EAST (12-0-0) and NCAA (32-3-0) tournaments (ND swept all 14 of its postseason games at Alumni Field during the 2004-06 seasons) ... ND owns a 13-year home unbeaten streak vs.. BIG EAST teams (77-0-1) and is unbeaten in 35 straight overall games versus BIG EAST opponents (34-0-1; since mid-2005), the 7th-longest conference unbeaten streak in the 26-year history of D-I women's soccer (two shy of the ND record) ... the Irish have not been outshot in 67 straight vs. BIG EAST teams (since mid-'02) ... RU is the only visiting BIG EAST team since 1995 to depart Alumni Field without a loss (0-0, in 2004).
THE SERIES - ND owns a 14-1-2 edge (6-0-1 at Alumni Field) in the history of the series with Rutgers (50-8 scoring margin) ... ND is unbeaten in the past seven vs. RU (6-0-1) ... the Irish beat the Knights 4-0 in the first year of the Randy Waldrum era ('99) but have failed to win by more than three goals since '99 (2-0 in 2000, 1-2 in '01, 1-0 in '02/OT, 3-0 in '03, 0-0 in '04, 1-0 in '05/OT, 2-0 and 4-2 in '06, 3-1 in '07) ... current national-team midfielder Carli Lloyd, then a freshman, scored twice in the 2001 upset of ND (2-1) ... ND's Kerri Hanks has 4G-4A in four career games vs. RU ... Hanks scored in OT to win the 2005 game at Rutgers (1-0, assisted by Brittany Bock and Katie Thorlakson) ... Hanks scored two early goals vs. RU in the 2006 BIG EAST title game (the first, at 0:57, is the quickest postseason goal in ND history).
RUTGERS RESULTS - The Scarlet Knights own wins this season over Lehigh (2-0), Bucknell (2-1), Monmouth (1-0), Long Island (3-0), Fairleigh Dickinson (5-0), Georgetown (2-1), St. John's (1-0), Syracuse (2-0) and DePaul (2-0), plus ties vs. Villanova, UConn and SJU (all 0-0), and losses to Santa Clara (1-2), Stanford (1-4), Seton Hall (0-1), Princeton (1-5), Providence (0-1), Louisville (0-3), Cincinnati (1-2) and ND (1-3).
IRISH TEAM NOTES - ND ended the regular season with 10 straight wins for the second time in the program's history (first time since '97) ... it is the 13th double-digit win streak in 20 seasons of ND women's soccer ... ND has gone unbeaten in October each of the past four seasons (32-0-2) ... the Irish went unbeaten in the BIG EAST regular season for the eighth time (fifth time unbeaten) ... one month into '07, ND was under .500 (3-4-1) after losing to four top-25 teams (three by 2-1, two in OT) ... five weeks later, the Irish now find themselves in position to make a run at a top-8 seed in the NCAA Tournament while owning a season win total (13) that is just two shy of the national lead (only nine teams have more wins than ND) ... despite its slow start, ND ranks 10th in the nation with 2.7 goals/gm (33 in past nine games, or 3.7/gm in that span) ... Florida State (3.29), Texas A&M (2.94) and Missouri (2.71) are the only teams ranked among the top-25 that are scoring at a higher clip than ND ... the Irish have scored only 17 first-half goals (in 18 games) but have totaled 31 goals in the second half or OT ... ND senior class is 85-9-3 (.892).
ND PLAYER NOTES - Kerri Hanks (61G-50A last week became only the third player in D-I women's soccer history (the others are ND's Jenny Streiffer and UNC's Mia Hamm) ever to reach 50G-50A prior to her senior season (the 19 all-time 50-50 players now include five from ND) ... top scorers in the current 10-game win streak include: Brittany Bock (10G-3A), Hanks (5G-9A) and Susan Pinnick (5G-2A) ... Hanks now has scored (14) or assisted (17) on 31 goals in her career on set-play/deal-ball situations ... she enters the postseason riding a nine-game point streak ... ND's 13 seasons in the BIG EAST have produced a 118-8-4 record (.923) in BIG EAST regular-season games ... senior M Ashley Jones still has yet to miss a game in her ND career (97) and is tied for 12th on the ND career games played list ... Jones (3.96 cum. GPA; accounting) and Bock (3.25; marketing) currently are under consideration for Academic All-America honors ... Bock has 17 header goals and five rare header assists in her ND career ... senior goalkeeper Lauren Karas enters the postseason with a 48-4-1 career record ... Karas allowed only three goals during the 2007 BIG EAST regular season ... junior left back Elise Weber (2G-6A) is one of just a handful of ND defenders in the current decade who have registered double-digit points in a season ... Hanks is the only player in the nation with double-digit goals and 10-plus assists (10G-9A), with her 35 total points ranking 7th in the nation while her 13 assists are 2nd-most ... Bock and Hanks are tied for 28th nationally in goals (11) ... the Irish have three players with 30-plus career goals (Hanks with 61, Bock 35, Amanda Cinalli 34), the first Irish team since 1999 that can make that claim (the 1998 offense had six players with 30-plus career goals) ... Cinalli missed a game for the first time in her four-year career (at Syracuse; also four more DNP), due to a hamstring injury ... sophomore center back Haley Ford has missed 14 straight due to her own nagging hamstring injury ... Ford's absence actually has impacted the ND offense, as freshman M/F Lauren Fowlkes has shifted to a starting center back role (alongside Dew) ... all four of freshman Rose Augustin's goals have come in the past nine games ... Bock recently was named national player of the week in back-to-back weeks, after totaling 4G-1A vs. Syracuse and St. John's and 4G-1A vs. Georgetown and Villanova (first ND player in 10 years to score four-plus goals in back-to-back weeks) ... Bock is one of only six Irish players ever to score the first three goals in a game (vs. Syracuse), as are current ND players Hanks and Michele Weissenhofer).