Nate Norman started his tenure as Notre Dame’s head coach with a victory Thursday night.
The #14/#17 Irish hosted the Chippewas of Central Michigan at Alumni Stadium in Norman’s first game at the helm. It was the first time the two programs had played since 2009.
Sophomore forward Eva Hurm put the Irish up early with a close-range shot from the left side of the net. This would be the first of her two goals on the night.
The Chippewas tied it up around the 19-minute mark and the score would remain 1-1 going into the break.
The Irish had a few close misses early in the second half, but they were finally able to regain the lead on a beautiful possession and score from freshman midfielder and South Bend native Brooke VanDyck with an assist from Karin Muya.
Hurm then gave Notre Dame the 3-1 lead in the 73rd minute with another close range shot, this time from the right side of the net.
The Irish controlled the game with a 28-10 shot advantage as well as a 10-1 advantage on corner kicks in this one. Here’s what Norman had to say about his team’s victory:
“We started the first half off a little slow but I was so proud of how the team responded after halftime. They showed great urgency and we put together some very nice attacking sequences in the second half. A ton of credit has to go to a Central Michigan though. They were organized and well coached and difficult to break down. Overall, it was a solid first game for us and I’m excited to watch us grow from here.” — Nate Norman, via und.com
The Irish women’s season continues on Sunday with another home game against Loyola (IL) at 2 PM local time. Things are off to a great start for this very young team! Hopefully they can keep this momentum going.
Check out the full highlights from the game below.