Matt Paras | August 10, 2018
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The No. 14 University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team kicked off the preseason Wednesday afternoon when they squared off with rival Michigan in their first exhibition. After a fast paced first half, the Irish and Wolverines ended in a draw at 2-2 as neither team could put together the go ahead goal in the second half.
How it Happened
In the opening 15 minutes of play, Michigan held a majority of the possession but it was the Irish that had the best opportunity out of the two teams. Following a Michigan foul, Shannon Hendricks sent a free kick high into the box where Sabrina Flores was jostling for position. She got her head on the ball but her attempt at goal sailed just high and over the crossbar.
Shortly after, it was Michigan that opened the scoring in the 22nd minute. Sarah Stratigakis played a through ball up to Nikki Hernandez who settled the ball and sent it to the back of the net for the game’s first goal.
Less than two minutes later, the Irish had an answer for the Wolverines’ goal. Sabrina Flores went to take Notre Dame’s first corner of the game and her ball sailed towards the back post. Brianna Martinez created space from her defender and headed the ball past the keeper for the equalizer.
The game did not stay level for long as Michigan took advantage of a wild sequence of plays to get its second goal of the game. The Wolverines first and second shots of the possession were blocked by Irish defenders but they were not able to clear the ball. Reilly Martin settled the second rebound and scored after getting through a few defenders to regain the lead for the Wolverines.
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