Megan Golden | October 9, 2017
For the sixth time this season, the University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team recorded a Sunday victory, this time coming in 2-0 shutout fashion against Syracuse at Alumni Stadium.
With the victory, the Irish (7-4-3, 3-2-1) improve to 13-0-1 all-time against the Orange (6-5-2, 1-3-1), including a 7-0 mark at home.
How It Happened
Notre Dame opened the match with a methodical game of possession, utilizing starter and freshman Kate O’Connor as a connector in the midfield. The Irish strung together long sequences of short passes, working with juniors Rachel Heard, Natalie Ward and Shannon Hendricks to control possession and generate offense.
Midway through the first half, the Irish led the Orange 6-3 in shots. They had notable opportunities in the box but struggled to get off quality shots on goal in the first 25 minutes.
Graduate student Sandra Yu and sophomore Natalie Jacobs each had several chances offensively, but Notre Dame went into halftime in a scoreless tie for the seventh time in 14 matches this season. Yu’s hustle helped her to four first-half shots, which led the team in the period.
Jacobs and senior Meghan Doyle began the second half in the forward position for the Irish, leading an attack that dominated in the period’s opening minutes. O’Connor took arguably the strongest shot on goal of the match in the 49th minute, and Jacobs followed that with a shot on goal on a free kick outside of the box in the 55th minute.