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    #2 Notre Dame Improves To 9-0-1 With Wins At Rutgers And Villanova

    Irish Travel To Indiana, Play Host To Boston College

    Sept. 30, 1997

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's second-ranked women's soccer team won two BIG EAST road games to improve to 9-0-1 on the season and 5-0-0 in conference games. The Irish travel to Indiana on Tues., Sept. 30, before playing host to Boston College on Sun., Oct. 5.

    Week in Review: Freshman midfielder Anne Makinen (Helsinki, Finland) scored her first career hat trick as Notre Dame beat Rutgers 7-1 in front of 1,228 at Yurcak Field, site of the 1997 BIG EAST women's soccer championship. Shannon Boxx (Torrance, Calif.) recorded three assists while Holly Manthei (Burnsville, Minn.) and Jenny Heft (Germantown, Wis.) each had a goal and two assists. The Irish out shot the Scarlet Knights 22-5 in the contest. On Sunday, the Irish blanked host Villanova 4-0 as Manthei assisted on four goals by three Notre Dame freshmen. The first 30 minutes of the contests saw the two teams battle scoreless with both teams failing to capitalize on chances. Notre Dame finally got on the board at 31:27 when Meotis Erikson (Kennewick, Wash.) volleyed in a cross from the left wing from Manthei that Monica Gerardo (Simi Valley, Calif.) flipped to Erikson for what would be the game-winning goal against the Wildcats, who had earlier upset Penn State. The Irish then struck twice just before halftime as Notre Dame built a 3-0 halftime lead. Monica Gonzalez (Richardson, Texas) volleyed another Manthei cross from the left wing at 42:09. Makinen took a pass from Manthei at 44:13 and blasted a shot into the upper left corner of the net from 18 yards out from the right wing. Notre Dame missed numerous scoring chances in the second half, hitting two crossbars in a span of 15 seconds. The Irish finally connected in the second half when Erikson headed in a cross from Manthei at 87:50 for the 4-0 win. The Irish out shot the Wildcats 31-2, including 16-0 in the second half.

    This Week for the Irish: Notre Dame continues its road trip with its third game in five days in a rematch of the 1996 NCAA first round game against Indiana on Tues., Sept. 30 at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The Hoosiers enter the contest with a record of 7-2-0. The Irish lead the all-time series 7-1 and have won the last seven meetings. The 1996 BIG EAST and Big Ten champions met twice last year both at Notre Dame, a 5-0 Irish win in the regular season and an 8-1 win in the NCAA first round. On Sun., Oct. 5, Notre Dame will take on 4-3-1 Boston College in a BIG EAST matchup at Alumni Field, the only home game for the Irish in a 32-day span. The Irish and Eagles have played just twice a 3-1 Notre Dame win in 1995 and a 6-0 Notre Dame win in 1996.

    Irish Vs. Big Ten: Notre Dame will be looking for its 29th straight win against a team from the Big Ten Conference when it travels to Indiana. The Irish have gone 28-0-0 against the Big Ten over a nine year span since a 3-0 loss to Michigan State on Sept. 22, 1989, and are 29-5-0 all-time against teams from the Big Ten. Notre Dame head coach Chris Petrucelli is a perfect 26-0-0 since taking over as head coach in 1990.

    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 140-18-9 record with an .865 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 Heft's goal that tied the score at 2-2. Against Duke, 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 by both a men's or women's team." She continued her scoring spree this past weekend with her first career hat trick at Rutgers. She blasted two more long-range goals against the Scarlet Knights from 20 and 25 yards out. Against Villanova, Makinen connected from 18 yards out on the right wing into the upper left corner of the net, the fourth straight game she scored from 18 or more yards and the sixth game of the season.

    Beene Approaches Renola Record: Sophomore goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene (Gold River, Calif.), in her first year as Notre Dame's starting goalkeeper, is quickly approaching former Irish All-American Jen Renola's Notre Dame record for shutouts in a season. In 1995, Renola blanked 13 opponents in 25 games. Just 10 games into the 1997 season, Beene has shut out seven opponents, including two top 10 opponents, third-ranked Portland and fifth-ranked Duke. Her 0.49 goals against average is currently the ninth-best in the country.

    Heft Scoring Spree: After coming off the bench for the first four games of the season, sophomore Jenny Heft has started the last six games and has emerged as Notre Dame's most proficient scorer. Heft is tied with Makinen for the team lead in scoring with nine goals and two assists for 20 points. She has scored in seven of 10 games in 1997, tops on the team. Twice she has scored two goals in a game and scored the game-winning goal against Pittsburgh and the tying goal against top-ranked North Carolina.

    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 against Duke. Against the Blue Devils, her assist on Monica Gonzalez's second goal marked the 100th of Manthei's career and upped her career total to 106 with six this past weekend against Rutgers and Villanova. She entered 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 106 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.

    Irish Crowd Pleasers: A sellout crowd of 3,300 watched Notre Dame face both North Carolina and Duke 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 9-0-1, Notre Dame is in a stretch of its schedule in which eight of the 11 remaining regular season games come against BIG EAST opponents. Since joining the conference in 1995, Notre Dame is 12-0-0 in regular season BIG EAST road games and 21-1-0 overall in regular season games. The Irish have also won both BIG EAST championships in 1995 and 1996 and are 35-1-0 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.

    Schedule / Results
    August
    29  St. John's *        W, 7-0
    31  Michigan State      W, 6-0
    September
    5   at Washington       W, 3-1
    7   at #3 Portland      W, 1-0
    12  at Pittsburgh *     W, 5-0
    14  at West Virginia *  W, 3-0
    19  #1 North Carolina   T, 2-2
    21  #5 Duke W, 5-0
    26  at Rutgers *        W, 7-1
    28  at Villanova *      W, 4-0
    30  at Indiana          7:00 p.m.   
    October
    5   Boston College *    1:00 p.m.
    11  at Georgetown *     11:00 a.m.
    14  at Wisconsin        4:00 p.m.
    19  at Syracuse *       12:00 p.m.
    24  Seton Hall *        7:30 p.m.
    26  Connecticut *       1:00 p.m.
    31  Michigan            7:30 p.m.
    November
    2   Providence *        1:00 p.m.
    7-9 at BIG EAST Championship
    * BIG EAST Conference match All times are local
    
    BIG EAST Standings (9/29) Team BIG EAST Overall 1. Notre Dame 5-0-0 9-0-1 Connecticut 5-0-0 9-1-0 Seton Hall 5-0-0 8-1-0 4. Syracuse 4-2-0 8-2-0 5. West Virginia 3-3-0 6-3-0 Boston College 3-3-0 4-3-1 7. Villanova 2-2-0 4-5-1 Rutgers 2-3-0 4-6-0 St. John's 2-5-0 5-5-0 10. Providence 0-4-0 2-5-1 Pittsburgh 0-4-0 1-6-2 Georgetown 0-5-0 2-5-0
    Irish Among National Statistical Leaders Assists 2. Holly Manthei 11 6T. Shannon Boxx 9 Jenny Streiffer 9 Goals Against Average 9. LaKeysia Beene 0.49 Team Scoring Average 3. Notre Dame 4.30 Attendance 3. Notre Dame 2,046
    NSCAA Top 25 (9/22) Team Record Points 1. North Carolina * 9-0-1 300 2. NOTRE DAME 9-0-1 288 3. Texas A&M 9-1-0 276 4. Virginia 8-1-1 256 5. Portland * 5-3-0 252 6. Duke * 6-2-0 250 7. Santa Clara 7-0-1 226 8. Hartford 7-1-0 218 9. Connecticut * 9-1-0 202 10. Nebraska 8-2-0 192 11. George Mason 6-1-3 172 Michigan * 9-1-0 171 13. Clemson 7-2-0 152 14. Maryland 6-1-2 140 15. Massachusetts 7-2-0 136 16. Wake Forest 7-2-0 118 17. BYU 9-0-0 106 18. SMU 6-3-0 98 19. Minnesota 8-1-1 86 20. William & Mary 7-3-0 80 21. Florida 6-2-1 60 22. UCLA 7-1-0 52 23. Penn State 7-2-0 42 24. James Madison 6-2-0 14 25. Texas 6-3-0 10 * indicates 1997 Notre Dame opponents Soccer America Top 20 (9/22) Team Record Last Week 1. North Carolina * 9-0-1 1 2. NOTRE DAME 9-0-1 2 3. Texas A&M 9-1-0 3 4. Portland * 5-3-0 5 5. Virginia 8-1-1 4 6. Santa Clara 7-0-1 6 7. Connecticut * 9-1-0 7 8. Duke * 6-2-0 9 9. Clemson 7-2-0 10 10. Maryland 6-1-2 8 11. Florida 6-2-1 13 12. Wake Forest 7-2-0 12 13. Nebraska 8-2-0 14 14. Hartford 6-1-0 15 15. George Mason 6-1-3 NR 16. William & Mary 7-3-0 11 17. Minnesota 8-1-1 20 18. SMU 6-3-0 16 19. UCLA 7-1-0 NR 20. Massachusetts 7-2-0 18 * indicates 1997 Notre Dame opponents

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