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August 4, 1997

Notre Dame Defense Leads U.S. to Nordic Cup Win

RINGSTED, Denmark -- The United States under-20 women's national team used strong defense by three Notre Dame players for a 3-0 opening-game win over Sweden in the five-day, eight-country Nordic Cup. After a scoreless first half, the U.S. scored two goals in the first five minutes of the second half and used the strong defense to hold on for the win. The U.S. will play Iceland on Tuesday in Naestved, Denmark, in its second game of the tournament.

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 second-place teams will play for third place, the third-place finishers for fifth and the fourth-place teams for seventh.

Notre Dame sophomore goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene (Gold River, Calif.) shut out the Swedes, making five saves while starting and playing in the entire game. Sweden was held to just nine shots, thanks to Notre Dame defenders Jen Grubb (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) and Kate Sobrero (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.). U.S. head coach Lauren Gregg praised the defense that "neutralized their attack and really helped us find a rhythm and maintain possession."

Notre Dame sophomore forward Jenny Streiffer (Baton Rouge, La.) freshman forward Meotis Erikson (Kennewick, Wash.) also contributed to the win with their second-half play.

Nordic Cup Standings

Group A
            W   L   T   Pts.
Norway      1   0   0   3
Germany     1   0   0   3
Finland     0   1   0   0
Netherlands 0   1   0   0
Group B  
            W   L   T   Pts.
USA         1   0   0   3
Denmark     1   0   0   3
Sweden      0   1   0   0
Netherlands 0   1   0   0

Event Calendar

Delta

August 9
4:00 PM
Purdue
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 13
1:00 PM
Northwestern
Evanston, Ill. (Lanny and Sharon Martin Stadium)
August 18
7:00 PM
Butler
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 20
1:30 PM
Ball State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 25
5:00 PM
Minnesota
Iowa City, Iowa (UI Soccer Complex)
August 27
2:00 PM
Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa (UI Soccer Complex)
September 1
7:00 PM
South Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 3
12:00 PM
Santa Clara
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 8
7:00 PM
Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio (Jesse Owens Stadium)
September 10
1:00 PM
Toledo
Toledo, Ohio (Scott Park)
September 16
7:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Riggs Field)
September 21
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 24
1:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 29
5:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 5
7:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (Klockner Stadium)
October 8
1:00 PM
Syracuse
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 14
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 19
7:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Seminole Soccer Complex)
October 22
12:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (Cobb Stadium)
October 26
6:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Fetzer Field)

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