Aug. 8, 1997
Streiffer's Overtime Goal Leads U.S. to Nordic Cup Title
KORSOR, Denmark -- Notre Dame women's soccer sophomore forward Jenny Streiffer (Baton Rouge, La.) scored a sudden-death overtime goal at the 106th minutes to lead the United States under-20 women's national team to the Nordic Cup title in Korsor, Denmark. Streiffer did not enter the game until the 98th minutes and took advantage of her rest to score just eight minutes later to give the Americans the 1-0 win.
Despite not starting in any of the Americans' four games in the Nordic Cup, Streiffer finished second on the team in scoring with two goals and two assists for six points. A dazzling playmaker, Streiffer created the sequence that lead to her goal by collecting a loose ball at midfield. She turned and ran at the Norway defense, before slipping a pass to Robin Confer on the right wing. Streiffer then slipped behind the extended Norwegian goalkeeper as Confer dribbled into the penalty box. The 1996 BIG EAST Conference rookie-of-the-year then deftly one-timed the pass from Confer into the open net from 12 yards out to end the game.
"Our team is so united and we got goals from so many different people at this tournament," said Streiffer, who was one of just two freshman midfielders to earn All-America honors in 1996. "When I came into the game, I knew Norway had been worn down by the team's hard work, and being fresh, I felt I'd get some chances to score."
Notre Dame sophomore goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene (Gold River, Calif.) played the entire game in net and may have been the player of the game, making six saves, including two goal-saving stops. In the 12th minute, she flew backward to tip a Norwegian shot off the cross bar and later smothered a breakaway in the 37th minutes. Beene recorded her third shut out and fourth win of the tournament as she started every game.
Beene was aided by Notre Dame defenders, senior Kate Sobrero (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and sophomore Jen Grubb (Hoffman Estates, Ill.). The duo played the entire 106 minutes and keyed the Americans' shut out of their third opponent in four games. In the 1996 Nordic Cup, Grubb scored in sudden death overtime to give the U.S. the bronze medal.
Beene, Grubb, Sobrero, Streiffer and Notre Dame freshman Meotis Erikson (Kennewick, Wash.), the youngest player on the Nordic Cup roster, will now return to Notre Dame as the Irish open the 1997 season with their first practice on Tues., Aug. 12. Notre Dame has appeared in three consecutive NCAA championship games, the longest current streak in the country, and will be gunning for its second NCAA title in three years in 1997.
Nordic Cup Results
Gold Medal: USA 1, Norway 0 (OT)
Bronze Medal: Finland 1, Denmark 0
Fifth-Place: Germany 2, Sweden 1
Seventh-Place: Netherlands 1, Iceland 0 (OT)