Aug. 5, 1997

Streiffer Sparks U.S. to Nordic Cup Win

NAESTVED, Denmark -- Notre Dame women's soccer sophomore forward Jenny Streiffer (Baton Rouge, La.) sparked the United States under-20 women's national team to a 4-0 win over Iceland in the five-day, eight-country Nordic Cup in Naestved, Denmark. With the U.S. clinging to a 1-0 lead midway through the first half, Streiffer entered the game 27 minutes into the contest scored just eight minutes later to give the Americans a crucial goal. The U.S. will play host Denmark on Thursday with a tie or win by the Americans advancing them to the championship game.

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.) picked up her second win of the tournament in her second straight start after shutting out Sweden on Monday. Notre Dame sophomore defender Jen Grubb (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) and senior defender Kate Sobrero (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) keyed an American defense which shut out its second consecutive opponent and held Iceland to just two shots.

Streiffer volleyed a pass out of the air from five yards out for her first goal of the tournament. Notre Dame's top returning scoring in 1997 then added an assist on the third goal when she headed a pass to Kristy Whelchel at the top of the box who hit a half-volley into the right corner. Notre Dame freshman forward Meotis Erikson (Kennewick, Wash.), the youngest player on the squad, also aided the win after entering in the second half.

Nordic Cup Standings

Group A     W   L   T  Pts.
Norway      2   0   0   6
Germany     1   0   1   4
Finland     0   1   1   1
Netherlands 0   2   0   0
Group B     W   L   T  Pts.
USA         2   0   0   6
Denmark     2   0   0   6
Sweden      0   2   0   0
Netherlands 0   2   0   0

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