Syracuse (4-9-1, 0-5-0 ACC) traveled to South Bend, Indiana last night to face No. 16 Notre Dame (9-3-1, 2-3-0 ACC) in their latest ACC clash. The Orange failed to generate many chances to score, despite Courtney Brosnan's stellar performance to keep all but one of the Fighting Irish's attempts from trickling past her.
Notre Dame came into the game on a two-game losing streak, looking to get back on track to secure a spot in the ACC and NCAA tournaments. The Fighting Irish handed then-No. 1 Virginia their first loss of the season on September 24th, at Virginia. They still have current No. 1 UNC, No. 9 Virginia Tech, and Duke still on the schedule, though, as their season is far from over. Senior forward Anna Maria Gilbertson is leading the way with seven goals, three of them game winners, and two assists for 16 points. Behind her, freshman forward Natalie Jacobs has scored four goals, including two game winners, and has five assists for 13 total points. In goal, junior Kaela Little and sophomore Lexi Nicholas have split time, with Little getting the bulk of the work. So far, Little has allowed four goals and saved 15 for a 0.51 goals-against average and .789 save percentage. Nicholas has allowed three goals and saved one.
Junior midfielder-turned-forward Sandra Yu collected and headed a ball fed by sophomore defender Monica Flores in the 16th minute to break the scoreless tie. It would be all that Notre Dame would need, as Syracuse had one lone shot attempt during the entire game. The Irish had 18 shots, six of them were on-goal. Brosnan was able to stifle the attack and save five of those six. The only offensive production the Orange could come up with was on their five corner kicks. They just couldn't capitalize on those chances. Once against, Brosnan was the star of the show, keeping the game as close as she could.
- Sandra Yu: 3 shots, 2 shots on-goal, 1 goal
- Courtney Brosnan: 1 goal allowed, 5 saves
On Sunday, Syracuse will continue their short road trip, landing this time in Pittsburgh, PA to face the Panthers (9-3-1, 3-2-0 ACC).