SIUE stuns No. 2 seed Notre Dame in first round of NCAA soccer tourney

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The Southern Illinois Edwardsville women’s soccer team pulled off a remarkable upset on Friday night.

Facing No. 2 seed Notre Dame in the first-round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament, the Cougars were able to pull off a miraculous 5-4 win on penalties.

Notre Dame entered the tournament as the No. 11 team in the nation.

It marks the first time in SIUE history that the Eagles have advanced past the first-round of the tournament and it also marks only the second Ohio Valley Conference team to advance to the second round of the tourney.

SIUE goalkeeper Juli Rossi picked up a shutout for the Cougars, despite her team being out shot 21-3. It was the third shutout in four games for the team.

Head coach Derek Burton praised Rossi after the game.

“You run out of words. What can you say?” Burton said, via the school’s website. “She was all over the place. She made two saves in PKS. She made countless saves flying from one post to the other. She was unbelievable tonight so hats off to her. She kept us in the game when things were looking bleak.”

SIUE will take on the winner of Kent State vs. Northwestern in the second round of the tournament. A date and time has yet to be determined.

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