Notre Dame Athletics | October 1, 2018
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame women's soccer team (6-6, 2-2) rebounded from their defeat against Florida State earlier this week as they took a 2-1 victory over No. 21 North Carolina State (8-3-2, 1-2-1). After getting a goal from Karen Muya in the opening five minutes, Jennifer Westendorf go-ahead goal in the 60th minute sealed the victory for the Fighting Irish.
How it Happened
The Fighting Irish started off the game strong and were rewarded for their attacking play with a quick goal after five minutes. After a Alexis Martel-Lamothe header from a corner was saved by NC State goalkeeper Sydney Wooten, Muya headed in the rebound from close range to pick up her third goal of the season.
Despite Notre Dame's early control of the game, NC State managed to pick up a shock equalizer. NC State's first corner of the match turned into a goalmouth scramble, where Taylor Porter managed to pick her spot and slot the ball into the bottom right corner.
After a frenzied first ten minutes, the action slowed considerably, with Notre Dame continuing to hold both a majority of the possession and shots on goal. The best chance of the final 35 minutes fell to Sammi Fisher, as she took a left-footed shot from 17 yards out that narrowly missed wide.
The second half started out pretty evenly for both sides, but the Irish managed to take the lead in the 60th minute. An Eva Hurm cross was deflected onto the crossbar, and Westendorf was the first to react in the box for a simple tap in.
"We always wanted to follow the ball after a shot," said Westendorf on her game-winning goal. "I had a coach in high school that always had us touch the goalie when anybody takes a shot so it is a habit of mine to always follow it in. We knew their goalie would give up second chance opportunities so following is really important. Plus after someone does all that hard work and it is bouncing in the box, the least I can do is follow it in and finish it off."
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