Megan Golden | September 12, 2017
The University of Notre Dame women's soccer team (4-2-2) won its fourth straight Sunday match, topping Toledo (2-4-1) 4-0 on Sunday at Scott Park.
For the second time this season, the Irish, playing in front of a packed Toledo crowd, bounced back from a double-overtime loss with a dominant second-half offensive showing and a victory.
Notre Dame opened the match with several powerful shots, highlighted by sophomore Natalie Jacobs' shot off the crossbar in the eighth minute of play. Jacobs and Westendorf strung together consecutive shots in the early minutes, but Toledo's defense escaped unharmed.
Senior Ginny McGowan and junior Rachel Heard each got many touches on the ball, and McGowan occasionally brought the ball up through the midfield during the game.
Junior Shannon Hendricks played high in the left back position -- up near the midfield -- for the majority of the game, pushing the ball up the left side of the field. Hendricks took two of Notre Dame's corner kicks from the left side, placing them beautifully amongst Irish players in the box, but the offense was unable to capitalize in the first half.
For the fifth time in eight games this season, the Irish entered the second half in a scoreless tie.
The momentum shifted rapidly in the second half, when Notre Dame's offense scored back-to-back goals within the first four minutes of the period.