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    Aug. 7, 1997

    Beene, Streiffer Keys U.S. to Nordic Cup Win

    NAESTVED, Denmark -- Notre Dame women's soccer sophomore goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene (Gold River, Calif.) made a great save in the first half and sophomore forward Jenny Streiffer (Baton Rouge, La.) set up the game's first goal in the second half to lead the United States under-20 women's national team to a 3-1 win over the host team from Denmark in the five-day, eight-country Nordic Cup in Naestved, Denmark. With the win and a 3-0 record, the U.S. team wins its group and advances to the championship game of the Nordic Cup where the Americans will face Norway on Friday.

    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.

    Beene (Gold River, Calif.) started her third straight game and picked her third win of the tournament. Beene recorded numerous saves, including the biggest save by the Americans in the tournament. Midway through a scoreless, tight first half, Beene stopped a hard shot from a Denmark team that was determined to score first and then play defensive the rest of the game.

    Beene's clutch save set up Strieffer, whose playmaking allowed the U.S. team to break open the game with the first goal. Streiffer once again came off the bench to spark the Americans. In Tuesday's 4-0 win over Iceland, she came off the bench and scored just eight minutes later. She would add an assist in that win, and with her assist on Thursday, she has scored four points in three games.

    The Notre Dame-laden defense consisting of Beene and defenders senior Kate Sobrero (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and sophomore Jen Grubb (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) held Denmark to just one late goal. The Irish trio played the entire game once again, anchoring the American defense.

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