Notre Dame will bring two of the country’s top soccer programs to the ACC.
The Irish have had as much to do as any program with stemming North Carolina’s longtime stranglehold of dominance in the women’s game. Notre Dame has won three national titles, most recently in 2010. Notre Dame has also produced three Hermann Trophy winners, including Kerri Hanks in 2006 and ’08.
“(The ACC) is obviously the most powerful conference in women’s soccer, and now it only becomes that much more attractive,” Irish coach Randy Waldrum said. “On top of that, you now have two of the most storied women’s soccer powers in the country (Notre Dame and North Carolina) getting to play each other every year, which only adds to my excitement.”
The Irish men’s history isn’t as successful, but Notre Dame is 5-0 this season and ranked third in Soccer America’s poll.
“ACC soccer has always been strong,” Irish coach Bobby Clark said. “When Bruce Arena was the coach at Virginia, they were the benchmark. I remember going there for the NCAA quarterfinals when I was the coach at Dartmouth. It was the soccer conference to begin with. Hopefully we can go there and add to that.”