Notre Dame storms past Iowa in NCAA championship opener
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Playing in her first career NCAA postseason match, Morgan Andrews scored a pair of goals late in the first half to help propel Notre Dame past Iowa 4-1 in an NCAA championship first-round contest on a chilly Friday night before a crowd of 1,154 fans at Alumni Stadium.
With the victory, the Fighting Irish improves to 46-3 all-time at home in NCAA tournament play (7-0 at Alumni Stadium) and advances to the second round of the NCAA championship on Nov. 22, where they will face Western Michigan, a 1-0 winner at Marquette on Friday night. Notre Dame and WMU will play at a time and place to be determined following the completion of this weekend's first-round matches.
Senior defender/tri-captain Elizabeth Tucker added a goal and an assist, while a pair of sophomore defenders connected on the final Fighting Irish goal -- tri-captain Katie Naughton heading in a corner kick from Brittany Von Rueden -- as Notre Dame posted its highest goal output and largest margin of victory in an NCAA tournament match since 2010, when it earned a similar 4-1 win at North Carolina in the third round.