Oct. 8, 2016
|No. 8 Virginia (9-2-2, 2-1-2 ACC) at No. 20 Notre Dame (9-1-3, 4-0-1 ACC)|
|Date & Time||Oct. 9 – 1 p.m.|
|Location||South Bend, Ind. | Alumni Stadium|
|Multimedia||| ACC Network Extra|
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 8 Virginia (9-2-2, 2-1-2 ACC) women’s soccer team continues Atlantic Coast Conference play on the road Sunday with a 1 p.m. showdown at No. 20 Notre Dame (9-1-3, 4-0-1 ACC).
It is the fifth opponent ranked in the top 20 in the last seven matches for the Cavaliers.
Fans can follow the action through GameTracker linked at VirginiaSports.com or watch on the ACC Network Extra broadcast online through the WatchESPN app. The broadcast link is also available at VirginiaSports.com.
Virginia is coming off a 6-0 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night as the offense clicked on all cylinders behind a hat trick from senior midfielder Alexis Shaffer (Cary, N.C.) and a two goal, two assist performance from freshman forward Taylor Ziemer (Santa Rosa, Calif.). Shaffer leads the offense with eight goals and four assists, while junior forward Veronica Latsko (Venetia, Pa.) has posted seven goals and three assists on the season.
In all, the Cavaliers have 12 different goal scorers this season and 13 different players with assists this season. Virginia has scored 36 goals on the year, averaging almost three goals per match, while allowing only seven goals through 13 matches.
That defensive production has come from a veteran back line that features seniors Meghan Cox (Springfield, Va.), Tina Iordanou (Upper Brookville, N.Y.), Kristen McNabb (Montville, N.J.) and junior Megan Reid (Orinda, Calif.) along the back line. Senior Morgan Stearns (San Antonio, Texas) anchors the defense in goal.
The squad has posted nine shutouts, all victories for the Cavaliers, and held opponents to six shots per game, including two contests where opponents didn’t get a shot off for the match.
Notre Dame is coming off a 1-0 victory over No. 12 Clemson on Thursday night and has not suffered a loss in conference play entering the match. The lone draw came in the form of a 1-1 match with Syracuse to open conference play.
Jennifer Westendorf leads the Notre Dame offense with five goals, while Monica Flores and Kaleigh Olmstead each have four assists. The Irish have scored 20 goals on the season while allowing only six through 13 matches. Kaela Little has started every match on the way to helping Notre Dame post nine shutouts on the year.