Early Goals Spur #24 Irish to Victory

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Megan Golden | August 29, 2017

On a dreary day in Iowa, the No. 24 University of Notre Dame women's soccer team recorded its third shutout in a 2-0 victory over Iowa at the Iowa Soccer Complex on Sunday. 

Just two days after tying Minnesota 1-1 in a neutral-site contest, the Irish returned to the win column in their first true road match of the season. 

Notre Dame improves to 2-0 all-time against the Hawkeyes.

Notre Dame's offense got off to an early start against the Hawkeyes, controlling the ball and attacking Iowa's defense for much of the first half.

Sophomore Jennifer Westendorf took a corner kick in the 12th minute of the game, which landed at the feet of graduate student Sandra Yu and ultimately was scored by junior Sabrina Flores. The goal was the first of the season for Flores. Yu was credited with her second assist of the season on the play.

The Irish continued attacking the goal, and just one minute later, sophomore Natalie Jacobs drew a foul in the box. Jacobs scored on the penalty kick (12:35), her second goal of the season and Notre Dame's second goal of the match.

Notre Dame totaled 11 shots in the first half and took a 2-0 lead into halftime.

The Hawkeyes tested the Irish defense early in the second half, doubling its total shots from the first half (three) within the first 17 minutes of the half. 

Notre Dame juniors Natalie Ward and Shannon Hendricks worked the ball up the field several times but to no avail. Westendorf took back-to-back corner kicks, but both were blocked by Iowa defenders.

The Irish offense took their first shot of the second half in the 65th minute of play. Westendorf and senior Meghan Doyle each had opportunities offensively late in the match, but Notre Dame was not able to put the ball in goal.

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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