Notr Dame 2, UConn 0



NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Notre Dame women's soccer team used yet another dominating defensive effort and goals from Candace Chapman and Katie Thorlakson to advance past visiting Connecticut, 2-0, in Saturday night's NCAA third-round game at Alumni Field. Notre Dame (22-1-1) - now the highest-seeded team (4th) left in the NCAAs - next will face 5th seeded Portland in the quarterfinals, tentatively scheduled for Friday, Nov. 26 at Alumni Field (7:00 p.m.).

Notre Dame had several near-misses (including two shots off the posts) and again dominated the run of play to the tune of a 24-4 overall shot edge, plus 10-2 in shots on goal and 9-1 in corner kicks. The Irish now have accumulated a 59-8 shot edge in three NCAA Tournament games while allowing just three shots on goal (31-3) and one corner kick (19-1).

Thorlakson's goal gives her 21 goals and 21 assists for the season, making her just the sixth Division I women's soccer player ever to reach that distinction. The previous five include four - UNC's Mia Hamm (32G-33A, '92) and Lindsay Tarpley (23G-27A, '03), UConn's Sarah Whalen (21G-22A, '97) and Santa Clara's Mandy Clemens (24G-23A) - who earned some form of national player-of-the-year honors while the fifth is former ND great Jenny Streiffer (22G-22A, '96), who remains one of two players (with Hamm) ever to reach 70 goals and 70 assists in her career.

Chapman headed in a leftside cross from freshman midfielder Ashley Jones for her 11th goal of the season (65:34) while Thorlakson sent a penalty-kick shot squarely under the center of the crossbar in the 82nd minute. Thorlakson now has registered a point in eight straight games and has scored or assisted on 19 of Notre Dame's last 23 goals. Her 63 points are nine shy of the Irish record (72, by Cindy Daws in '96) and rank third all-time in the ND record book (also behind Streiffer's 66, also in '96).

Notre Dame now is 8-1 all-time in NCAA round-of-16 games, also advancing to the quarterfinals every year from 1994-2000. The Irish now are 29-10-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament play and own a 34-3-0 record when playing postseason games at home.

The six teams that have advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals include: #16 seed Santa Clara and unseeded Illinois (they will meet in the other half of ND's bracket); #7 seed Princeton and #14 seed UCLA. Princeton awaits the winner of tonight's game between Maryland at #15 seed Wasington (the Huskies own a first-half lead) while the winner of Sunday's game between 11th seed Tennessee at #6 seed Ohio State will move on to face UCLA.

-- Courtesy Notre Dame