Women's Soccer


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

Event Calendar


August 9
4:00 PM
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 13
1:00 PM
Evanston, Ill. (Lanny and Sharon Martin Stadium)
August 18
7:00 PM
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 20
1:30 PM
Ball State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 25
5:00 PM
Iowa City, Iowa (UI Soccer Complex)
August 27
2:00 PM
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, Ohio (Scott Park)
September 16
7:00 PM
Clemson, S.C. (Riggs Field)
September 21
7:00 PM
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
Charlottesville, Va. (Klockner Stadium)
October 8
1:00 PM
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
Coral Gables, Fla. (Cobb Stadium)
October 26
6:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Fetzer Field)

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