#24 Syracuse – Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Official Athletics Site

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SOUTH PLIAGE, Ind. –Notre Dame opens ACC play with a ranked road game at No. 24 Syracuse at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 10. The game will be broadcast on ACCNX via WatchESPN.

#22 NOTRE-DAME against #24 SYRACUSE
Location: Syracuse, New York | SU football stadium
Live stream: ACCNX
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Twitter updates: @NDMenSoccer
Playing Notes: At No. 24 Syracuse

THE SYRACUSE SERIES

• Notre Dame and Syracuse will meet on Saturday afternoon for the 21st time in series history. The Irish are 15-3-2 against Orange in the all-time series.

• Notre Dame have lost just one decision in their last 16 meetings, posting a 13-1-2 record in that span.

• The Irish won 1-0 in the last meeting between the two teams on September 11, 2020 in Syracuse.

• Notre Dame is undefeated when it plays Syracuse, going 8-0-1.

LAST TIME OUT

• The Irish faced DePaul for a 1-1 draw at the Alumni Stadium on Tuesday 6 September.

• Notre Dame’s goal was scored by Matthew Roou, his first of the season and the eighth of his career.

• The Irish edged the visitors 16-6 and dominated the game. Notre Dame took nine corners against DePaul’s.

• KK Baffour picked up the first assist of his career in the draw.

IMPORTANT FIGURES

• The Irish outscored their opponents 57-31 in three matches, registering more attempts in each game.

• Notre Dame also secured more corners, holding a 25-14 advantage over their opponents after three games.

• The Irish have provided six assists from their five goals.

YOUTH MOVEMENT

• Of the 12 Notre Dame players who have started in three games this season, seven were first- or second-year students.

• Seven Irish players have made their university debuts this season.

• Of the 17 players who have seen the pitch, 11 are either sophomores or freshmen.

• Three of Notre Dame’s four goals and four of their six assists have come from freshmen or sophomores.

BALANCED ATTACK

• Fourteen returning Irish players scored at least one point last season, as the team scored 86 points from last year.

• Ten players have scored one goal in the 2021 campaign, six of whom have scored multiple goals.

• Sophomore Matthew Roou is the 2022 team’s top returning scorer after scoring seven goals in his debut season.

#3 RANKED FRESHMAN CLASS IN THE COUNTRY

• The Irish welcome a freshman class of seven players to South Bend, ranked third in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.

• The class includes four players ranked in the IMG top 200, each ranking in the top 100.

• The seven players come from five states combined and one foreign country (Ghana).

• Kelvin Baffour (M), Daniel Boateng (M), Wyatt Borso (F), Owen Cornell (GK), Mitchell Ferguson (D), Sebastian Green (M) and Nicholas Legendre (F) make up the class.

• Notre Dame also welcome Mo Williams to the squad, a Seton Hall graduate transfer defender.

RETURN 2021

• The Irish are coming off one of their most successful seasons in program history.

• The 2021 team qualified for the College Cup for the second time in history and won the program’s first ACC tournament title.

• Notre Dame finished the season on an eight-game unbeaten streak, posting a 5-0-3 record over that span, all in the playoffs.

• The Irish have conceded just two goals in the last eight games of the year.

• Notre Dame defeated Duke in the ACC Tournament Finals to claim the crown. The Irish haven’t allowed a single goal in four ACC tournament games.

• The season ended in the College Cup semi-finals, as the Irish fell to Clemson on penalties (5-3) in Cary, North Carolina.



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