Irish women's soccer team wins NCAA Tourney opener

The Irish women's soccer team rallied from a 1-0 first half deficit to beat Milwaukee 3-1 in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament at Alumni Stadium Friday night.

The Fighting Irish move on to the second round of the NCAA Championship, where they will face the winner of Saturday’s opening round match between Wake Forest (13-5-3) and Georgia Southern (10-7-5).

Notre Dame held an 18-3 shots advantage over Milwaukee, including a 13-2 edge during the second half. The Fighting Irish put nine of those attempts on net, compared to only two for the Panthers.

Katie Naughton headed in a beautiful corner off the foot of fellow freshman defender Brittany Von Rueden to tie the game at 1 just before the half.

The Fighting Irish took their first lead of the match seven minutes into the second half. Sophomore forward Lauren Bohaboy drove home adeflected ball in the box past Forbes for the 2-1 advantage. Notre Dame added an insurance tally in the 90th minute, as freshman forward Crystal Thomas finished a through ball from midfielder/tri-captain Mandy Laddish to put the Fighting Irish ahead 3-1.

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