Aug. 27, 2004
South Bend, Ind. -- The Notre Dame soccer team showed why they are one of the favorites to win the national title this season as the Fighting Irish knocked off Baylor 7-2 in the season opener for both teams. With the loss, Baylor falls to 0-1 on the season as Notre Dame moves to 1-0.
Notre Dame's Amanda Cinalli put the Fighting Irish up 1-0 in the 13th minute, as she took a pass from Amanda Thorlakson and knocked it into the back of the net.
The combination worked a second time in the 22nd minute as Cinalli took a low cross from Thorlakson and managed to deflect it off the right post into the net to give Notre Dame a 2-0 lead.
Thorlakson continued her strong play in the first as she scored on a counter play in the 28th minute to give Notre Dame a 3-0 lead. Jen Buczkowski set up the goal with a long pass up the field for the assist.
The Fighting Irish extended the lead as Buczkowski and Thorlakson scored goals only 60 seconds apart to give Notre Dame a five goal cushion heading into halftime.
Baylor was unable to mount a comeback in the second half, as Candace Champan scored a pair of goals to give Notre Dame a 7-0 lead.
Baylor's Brittani Zonker prevented the shutout, however, when her shot from 10 yards out in the 85th minute made the score 7-1. The goal was Zonker's second of her career.
A pair of Bear newcomers combined to end the scoring on the evening as freshman Margaret Kaderli took a pass from transfer Anna Schuch and pushed it in past the goalie in the 88th minute for the first goal of her career to make the score 7-2.
Notre Dame controlled the contest throughout, as the Fighting Irish out-shot the Bears 32-9 and held an 8-1 advantage on corner kicks.
In the loss, freshman goalie Ashley Holder established a new school record for most saves in a game with 15.
Erika Bohn and Lauren Karas combined to record the win for Notre Dame.
Baylor will look to rebound from the loss when the Bears return home to face Rice in the home-opener on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 6:30 p.m. The first 300 fans at the contest at Betty Lou Mays Field will receive free schedule magnets.