July 16, 1997
Five From Notre Dame Named to Nordic Cup National Team
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Five players on Notre Dame's 1997 women's soccer team have been named to the 16-player United States under-20 women's national team Nordic Cup roster. Senior Kate Sobrero (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), sophomores LaKeysia Beene (Gold River, Calif.), Jen Grubb (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) and Jenny Streiffer (Baton Rouge, La.) and freshman Meotis Erikson (Kennewick, Wash.) will represent Notre Dame in the five-day, eight-country championship to be held in Denmark Aug. 4-8.
The eight competing teams are divided into two groups of four, with first-round play consisting of matches within the group. The group winners will then play for the championship, the two second-place finishers will play for third place, the third-place finishers for fifth and the fourth-place teams for seventh. United States will open against Sweden on Aug. 4, and then face Iceland on Aug. 5. The U.S. will close out the first round against host Denmark on Aug. 7, with the championship games to be played on Aug. 8
In 1996, the U.S. team won the bronze medal over Germany thanks to a sudden-death goal by Grubb, who is making her second consecutive appearance on the Nordic Cup team. As a freshman at Notre Dame, Grubb was the only freshman defender to earn National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America honors. She helped lead the Irish to the NCAA championship game and was named to the NCAA all-tournament team. Grubb played on the U.S. national team against South Korea on May 2 and 4, in the Victory Tour.
A three-time All-American defender, Sobrero will captain Notre Dame's 1997 women's soccer team, looking to lead the Irish to their fourth-straight NCAA title game. She was a finalist for the 1996 Missouri Athletic Club player of the year award and was a first team All-BIG EAST selection as a junior.
Beene saw limited action as a freshman goalkeeper at Notre Dame, learning behind All-American Jen Renola. Beene combined with Renola to shut out 13 opponents and allowed just one goal in 542 minutes of action.
Streiffer was one of just two freshman forwards to earn NSCAA All-America honors in 1996 as she was second on the team in points with 22 goals and 22 assists. She was named BIG EAST rookie of the year after being named an alternate on the 1996 U.S. Olympic team. Streiffer was invited to play against South Korea in the Victory Tour but illness kept her from competing.
Erikson was named both NSCAA and Parade high school player of the year at Kamiakin High School and led her club team, the FC Royals, to the under-17 national championship. The forward is the youngest player on the Nordic Cup squad and one of just two freshmen on the roster.