Hurricanes Unable to Overcome Notre Dame’s Hot Start
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Miami soccer team fell to the 11th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 7-2, at Alumni Stadium Sunday.
After keeping No. 1 North Carolina in check, the Hurricanes (3-7-3, 2-4 ACC) couldn’t contain one of the top offensive teams in the country.
Six different players scored for the Fighting Irish (9-1,3, 5-0-1 ACC), as Notre Dame totaled four goals before the intermission and tallied three more in the second half.
Midfielder Kristina Lynch found the back of the net in the 10th minute before forward Maddie Mercado buried her team-leading sixth goal in the 25th minute.
Graduate student Kiki Van Zanten extended the Irish’s advantage at the 30:23 mark and senior Eva Gaetino capped off the first-half scoring in the 44th minute.
Defender Taylor Shell put the Hurricanes on the board after the intermission, but Van Zanten and the Fighting Irish responded 69 seconds later.
Freshman Chayse Ying recorded her first career tally in the 75th minute, padding the cushion for the Irish.
Miami rookie Caroline Hood slipped a goal through at the 80:21 mark before Notre Dame’s Charlie Codd rounded out the scoresheet in the 88th minute.
Following their three-match road swing, the Hurricanes return home to host NC State Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. at Cobb Stadium.