KALAMAZOO -- After recording the biggest upset in the history of the NCAA Women's College Cup with a 1-0 win at No. 2 Marquette, the Western Michigan women's soccer team travels to Ann Arbor to take on Notre Dame in the second round on Friday at 4 p.m.
No live video or audio will be available for the game. A CoverItLIve blog will be run by a member of the WMU Media Relations Office live from Ann Arbor at www.wmubroncos.com.
WMU IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
This is Western Michigan's fourth overall game in the NCAA Tournament in program history. The Broncos are 2-0 in the first round and 0-1 in second round games. The last time WMU advanced in the second round was in 2003 and fell to Purdue, 3-2.
AT A GLANCE: THE NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH
This is the first ever match up between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-7-1) and the Western Michigan women's varsity soccer team. The Fighting Irish and the WMU women's club team met twice in 1988 and 1989 with Notre Dame winning both.
Notre Dame is three years removed from its most recent NCAA Championship. The Fighting Irish topped Stanford 1-0 to win the program's third NCAA title. Notre Dame's appearance in this year's NCAA Tournament marks the team's 21st consecutive trip.
The Fighting Irish have lost seven games on the season but five have been to teams ranked in the nation's Top 10. They also defeated No. 1 North Carolina in Chapel Hill during the regular season. Defensively they allow just 0.95 goals per game and have only allowed more than one goal in a game five times this season. Freshman Kaela Little has seen the bulk of the minutes between the sticks for Notre Dame, starting in 20 games this season. Little has allowed just 19 goals on the year and made 71 saves, also recording five solo shutouts.
Offensively the Fighting Irish boast six players with at least four goals on the season for an offense averaging 2.20 goals per game. Freshman midfielder Morgan Andrews leads the team in points with 19 on seven goals and five assists. Lauren Bohaboy is tied with Andrews for the team lead in goals and also has four assists for 18 points so far this season. Crystal Thomas leads the team in assists with seven and has primarily contributed off the bench this season with 13 total points.
Aubery Sudomier netted the game-winning goal to catapult the Broncos into the second round of the NCAA Tournament in last Friday's 1-0 win over Marquette. The goal was the sixth of the year for the junior forward and her team-leading 20th point. Sudomier has exploded this season after scoring just eight points in her first two seasons with the Broncos. She currently leads the team in points and assists with eight. Sudomier is the first Bronco to reach 20 points since Anina Cicerone and MAC Offensive Player of the Year Stephanie Skownski broke the mark in 2011.
After making five saves in the 1-0 win over Marquette senior goalkeeper Michelle Watson just added to her program-best mark for shutouts in a career. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native now has 26 solo shutouts and two partial shutouts in her career, besting Katie Perz's original record of 20 set from 2002-05.