No. 7 Irish Hold off Upset Bid by Louisville; Win in Double OT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville suffered a heartbreaking 16-15 double overtime loss at the hands of seventh-ranked Notre Dame on Friday afternoon in Louisville, Ky. Louisville fell to 7-4 on the season and 0-3 in Big East play.

“We're right there,” said head coach Kellie Young. “We just need to turn the corner one more step. We are so far from last year. This team is competing with top-10 teams over and over again.”

The Irish's Betsy Mastropieri rattled home the game-winner with 2:41 remaining in the second overtime.

Louisville fired away on Notre Dame backup goalkeeper Allie Murray in the first overtime. Murray made point blank saves on shots by Nikki Boltja and Cortnee Daley before Katie Oliverio sailed her shot wide as time expired.

Boltja connected on a season-best six goals including one with 8:59 remaining to tie the score at 14 after the Cardinals fell behind.

Oliverio matched her season-best with four goals including one with 2:20 remaining in regulation which tied the game at 15.

Notre Dame's Barbara Sullivan won the ensuing draw control but Monica Negron forced a Kaitlyn Brosco turnover deep in the Louisville end with 20 seconds remaining to halt the Irish and send the game to overtime.

“It's just remarkable,” Young said. “You play your hearts out. I'm so proud of my team. We made some errors that hurt us, but we executed in so many ways and you play the No. 7 team in the country to double overtime.”

The seesaw affair featured seven ties and two lead changes. Louisville led by as much as three while Notre Dame was never able to muster a multi-goal lead.

Boltja gave Louisville its first three-goal lead early in the second half. Notre Dame's Kiera McMullan led the Irish attack back within one at 10-9 but Boltja and Kaylin Morissette put Louisville back up by three with 16:35 remaining in regulation.

Louisville's offensive attack chased Notre Dame starting goalkeeper Ellie Hilling from the game midway through the second half as the Cardinals had an answer for every Irish goal.

Louisville remains at home to take on Marquette on Sunday, April 7 at noon.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Notre Dame's Betsy Mastropieri found the back of the net 3:18 into the second overtime to give the No. 7 Irish a thrilling 16-15 win over Louisville Friday evening.

"I'm absolutely thrilled with the win, and it is awesome to take a game in overtime at this point in the season," said head coach Christine Halfpenny.

"It is definitely a confidence builder for our team. Our team leadership was awesome in every huddle and it absolutely helped us win this game."

After a high-scoring affair in regulation, neither team could muster a goal in the first overtime or through the first three minutes of the second overtime. However, freshman Stephanie Peragallo came up with a huge draw control to open the second three-minute session of the second OT to give the Irish an opportunity to claim the golden goal. Notre Dame did just that as junior Lindsay Powell passed it in to Mastropieri, who buried the ball in the back of the net to give the Irish the win.

"Betsy only played the last four minutes of the game," said Halfpenny. "But she was ready to go in when given the opportunity and she won the game for us."

The victory was the first double overtime win for the Irish since Notre Dame took down No. 15 Georgetown, 7-6, last season to clinch a spot in the Big East Tournament.

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