#2 Notre Dame Ties #1 North Carolina 2-2, Blanks #5 Duke 5-0
Irish Travel to Rutgers, Villanova This Week
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame's second-ranked women's soccer team played top-ranked North Carolina to a 2-2 tie in a game that was halted by lightning at 71:16 at the adidas/Lady Footlocker Classic and beat fifth-ranked Duke 5-0 in the second game of the tournament. Up next for Notre Dame are BIG EAST road games at Rutgers on Fri., Sept. 26 and at Villanova on Sun., Sept. 28.
North Carolina Review: In front of a record, sellout crowd of 3,300 fans at Notre Dame's Alumni Field, top-ranked North Carolina and second-ranked Notre Dame played to a 2-2 tie after lightning halted play at 71:16 at the adidas/Lady Footlocker Classic. Play was suspended just three minutes after Notre Dame sophomore Jenny Heft (Germantown, Wis.) tied the score at 2-2. The matchup unfolded into yet another classic meeting between Notre Dame and North Carolina as shots were also knotted at 11 for each team. The three previous meetings had been one-goal games, the last two in overtime, and Friday's game seem headed for another one-goal squeaker before lightning struck. The Irish are now 2-1-1 in their last four meetings with the Tar Heels, who lead the overall series 4-2-2. It is the first tie in the series since Notre Dame snapped North Carolina's 92-game winning streak in 1994 with a 0-0 tie.
After not scoring in the 120-minute overtime NCAA final in 1996, Notre Dame got on the board quickly in 1997, when freshman midfielder Anne Makinen (Helsinki, Finland) perfectly placed a free kick from 25 yards into the lower left corner of the net at 22:28.
Trailing 1-0 at halftime, North Carolina's Cindy Parlow sparked the Tar Heels in the second half when she battled through the Notre Dame defense and down the sidelines to set up two nearly identical goals. At 52:15, Raven McDonald volleyed in a Parlow cross that came from the right wing to knot the score at 1-1. Ten minutes later at 62:38, Robin Confer volleyed in a cross from Parlow from the left wing from about six yards out, nearly same spot McDonald connected.
With the Irish down 2-1, the sky opened in a downpour but Notre Dame fought through the heavy rain to tie the game at 68:10. Once again, Makinen shined for the Irish. From 25 yards out, she chipped Heft a ball that deftly looped over the North Carolina defense and landed unto the foot of Heft who flicked the ball past Tar Heel goalkeeper Gretchen Overgaard to knot the game. However, with the drama of the game building, lightning forced play to be suspended at 71:16, and the game was declared a tie shortly thereafter.
Duke Review: Freshman Monica Gonzalez (Richardson, Texas) and Makinen each scored a pair of goals to lead the Irish over fifth-ranked Duke in the final game of the adidas/Lady Footlocker Classic in front of another record, sellout crowd of 3,300 fans at Notre Dame's Alumni Field. Gonzalez connected on two first half goals while Makinen scored her pair in the second half.
Notre Dame's defense held Duke without a shot until 73:54 and ended the game with a 26-3 advantage in shots. Sophomore goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene (Gold River, Calif.) made one save in recording her sixth shutout of the season.
This Week for the Irish: Notre Dame begins another stretch of road games in which six of its next seven games will be on the road. BIG EAST opponents Rutgers and Villanova are up next for the Irish, who take a 3-0-0 conference record into those contests. Notre Dame heads to Yurak Field to take on Rutgers on Fri., Sept. 26. who is 3-5-0, 1-2-0 in conference games. The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 3-1 win over North Carolina State and are 3-5-0 overall, 1-2-0 in BIG EAST games. The Irish will look to make a November return to Yurak Field, site of the BIG EAST women's soccer championship. On Sun., Sept. 28, Notre Dame will take on 3-4-0 Villanova, whose upet of Penn State earlier in the season is among its three wins.
Head Coach Chris Petrucelli: 1996 BIG EAST coach of the year Chris Petrucelli is in his eighth season as head coach of Notre Dame's women's soccer team after leading the Irish to their third straight NCAA championship game. Petrucelli was named NSCAA coach of the year for the second consecutive year after guiding Notre Dame to its first NCAA women's soccer title in 1995, becoming the first coach to win the honor two straight years. The Orange, N.J., native owns a 138-18-9 record with an .864 winning percentage that is second best among NCAA Division I women's soccer coaches. During his seven seasons as head coach, Petrucelli has coached his players to 17 NSCAA All-America selections, including 14 since 1994, the most in the country during that span.
Makinen Dazzles Spectators: For the 3,300 fans that came to both the North Carolina and Duke games, Anne Makinen's play at the adidas/Lady Footlocker Classic left many of those fans dazzled and earned her BIG EAST offensive player of the week honors. Against North Carolina, Makinen was dominating in the central midfield and was voted offensive MVP for her performances. She had a free kick goal from 25 yards out and assisted on Jenny Hefty's goal that tied the score at 2-2. On Sunday, Makinen left the crowd speechless when she collected a loose ball from 25 yards out from the right wing and, with her back to the goal, turned and fired in one motion into the upper left corner of the net. She would add another 22-yard bomb later in the game. Said Petrucelli of her first goal against Duke, "That may have been the best goal ever scored at Alumni Field."
Manthei Reaches Century Mark: Senior midfielder Holly Manthei (Burnsville, Minn.), who already has set college women's soccer records for assists in a season with 44 in 1996 and career assists, reached yet another milestone on Sunday. Against Duke, her assist on Monica Gonzalez's second goal marked the 100th of Manthei's career.
She enters her final season after collecting the most votes for the 1996 Missouri Athletic Club player of the year award of any returning midfielder in the country. She is also the only active player who was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy in both 1995 and 1996. Manthei has used her pinpoint corner kicks and speedy runs down the left sideline to create and assist on 100 goals in her career, including 44 in 1996, both college soccer records formerly held by national team member and gold medalist Mia Hamm. Manthei's 10 assists in just 13 career NCAA championship games breaks another of Hamm's records, and her five in the 1996 NCAA tournament ties teammate Kara Brown (Avon, Conn.) for the NCAA single-tournament record.
Alumni Field: Notre Dame had its 22-game home winning streak at Alumni Field downgraded to a 24-game home unbeaten streak after tying North Carolina 2-2 and then beating Duke 5-0. The tie was the first ever for the Irish who are 48-1-1 in their last 50 home games and 71-5-1 (.929) all-time at Alumni Field.
#1 Vs. #2 Matchups: Notre Dame is now 1-2-1 in No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchups with all four meetings pitting the Irish and the Tar Heels. Prior to Friday's tie, the second ranked team had won all three meetings. In the 1994 NCAA finals, No. 2 North Carolina beat No. 1 Notre Dame 5-0 and in the 1996 regular season, the second-ranked Irish beat the top-ranked Tar Heels 2-1 in overtime. North Carolina then beat top-ranked Notre Dame 1-0 in overtime in the 1996 NCAA finals. The Irish were ranked third in 1994 when they snapped the Tar Heels' 92-game winning streak and later took over the No. 1 ranking when North Carolina lost to Duke.
Irish Crowd Pleasers: A sellout crowd of 3,300 watched Notre Dame face both North Carolina and Duke this weekend at the adidas/Lady Footlocker Classic, just two of numerous large crowds that have come to watch Notre Dame women's soccer. The win over Portland on Sept. 7, was played in front of a sellout crowd of 5,041. In 1996, the Irish played in front of four record crowds. Notre Dame's first ever trip to Connecticut brought out a Connecticut record 3,711 fans to watch the Irish beat the Huskies 2-1 at Connecticut Soccer Stadium. Santa Clara set a women's soccer record at Buck Shaw Stadium when 3,714 came to watch the Broncos and the Irish. At the 1996 NCAA semifinals and finals, a college women's soccer record of 8,800 watched Notre Dame in the semifinals and finals at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Irish also beat North Carolina in front of 3,000 fans at Duke Soccer Stadium in 1996. Notre Dame won the 1995 NCAA national championship in front of 7,212 in the semifinals and 6,926 in the finals. The Irish are 9-3-1 in games played in front of 3,000 or more fans.
BIG EAST Schedule Looms: At 7-0-1, Notre Dame enters its stretch of schedule in which eight of its remaining 11 regular season games come against BIG EAST opponents, beginning this week at Rutgers and Villanova as the Irish look to remain perfect in BIG EAST road games. Since joining the conference in 1995, Notre Dame is 10-0-0 in regular season BIG EAST road games and 19-1-0 overall in regular season games. The Irish have also won by both BIG EAST championships in 1995 and 1996 and are 33-1-0 combined in the conference regular season and the conference championship since 1995. Connecticut is the only BIG EAST team to beat Notre Dame, a 5-4 overtime win in 1995.BIG EAST Standings (9/15)
Team BIG EAST Overall 1. Notre Dame 3-0-0 7-0-1 Connecticut 3-0-0 6-1-0 Seton Hall 3-0-0 6-1-0 4. West Virginia 3-1-0 6-1-0 5. Syracuse 2-2-0 6-2-0 Boston College 2-2-0 3-2-0 7. Villanova 1-1-0 3-4-0 8. Rutgers 1-2-0 3-5-0 9. St. John's 1-4-0 3-4-0 10. Providence 0-2-0 1-3-1 Pittsburgh 0-2-0 1-4-2 12. Georgetown 0-3-0 2-3-0Irish Among National Statistical Leaders
Individual Scoring Leader 14T. Jenny Streiffer 19 pts. Goals 10T. Jenny Heft 8 Assists 3T. Jenny Streiffer 9 Goals Against Average 8. LaKeysia Beene 0.39 Team Scoring Average 5. Notre Dame 4.00 Attendance 3. Notre Dame 2,046NSCAA Top 25 (9/22)
Team Record Points 1. North Carolina * 7-0-1 300 2. NOTRE DAME 7-0-1 288 3. Virginia 6-0-1 276 4. Texas A&M 8-0-0 260 5. Portland * 4-3-0 256 6. Santa Clara 6-0-1 232 7. Duke * 5-2-0 222 8. William & Mary 6-2-0 214 9. Hartford 4-1-0 202 10. Nebraska 6-2-0 192 11. Connecticut * 6-1-0 172 Maryland 6-1-1 172 13. Wake Forest 7-1-0 156 14. Clemson 5-2-0 142 15. Michigan * 7-1-0 116 16. SMU 6-2-0 108 17. BYU 8-0-0 106 18. Harvard 4-1-0 13 19. Florida 4-2-1 78 20. Massachusetts 6-0-0 76 21. Minnesota 6-1-1 72 22. George Mason 4-1-3 60 23. UCLA 6-1-0 38 24. Penn State 5-2-0 22 25. Cal Poly SLO 6-2-0 16 * indicates 1997 Notre Dame opponentsSoccer America Top 20 (9/22)
Team Record Last Week 1. North Carolina * 7-0-1 1 2. NOTRE DAME 7-0-1 2 3. Texas A&M 8-0-0 3 4. Virginia 6-0-1 5 5. Portland * 4-3-0 7 6. Santa Clara 6-0-1 4 7. Connecticut * 6-1-0 8 8. Maryland 6-1-1 10 9. Duke * 5-2-0 6 10. Clemson 5-2-0 12 11. William & Mary 6-2-0 13 12. Wake Forest 7-1-0 17 13. Florida 4-2-1 16 14. Nebraska 6-2-0 15 15. Hartford 4-1-0 18 16. SMU 6-2-0 9 17. UNC-Greensboro 6-1-0 20 18. Massachusetts 6-0-0 NR 19. Harvard 4-1-0 14 20. Minnesota 6-1-1 NR * indicates 1997 Notre Dame opponents