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Keeping home field advantage

Letter to the Editor | Tuesday, October 3, 2006

As I begin my eighth season as the head coach of the women’s soccer team here at Notre Dame, I cannot remember a game that I was more proud of our team and student body as I was this past Friday night versus No. 6 ranked West Virginia. The atmosphere was electric, and we had our second largest attendance ever with 3,056 people watching our 3-1 come-from-behind victory.

I’ve always wondered why we haven’t been able to get a consistent support from our students here at Notre Dame, but Friday night you all turned out in force. I cannot thank Stanford and O’Neill Halls enough for their unwavering support.You guys were simply amazing! Trust me when I say that your support truly was a huge reason why we were able to fight back and win this game! Don’t ever underestimate the impact that fans can make for a home team – and you guys certainly filled the bill. You clearly had the opposing goalkeeper rattled, as evidenced by her performance and actions during the game!

Thank you so much on behalf of myself, my staff, and most importantly the team. For the first time they had the opportunity to play in front of over 6,000 people during the two games this past week, and we all greatly appreciate it. We have consistently set attendance records for our opposition on the road, being heckled at every stop. It was great to see us set our own records at home, and truly enjoy the home field advantage.

It’s my hope that the excitement created will continue, and that both our great men’s and women’s programs will start to see this become an event that you, the students, will not want to miss. With deepest gratitude, Go Irish!

Randy Waldrum

Head Women’s Soccer Coach