#2 Notre Dame stays perfect in Big East, Travel's to Georgetown
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's second-ranked women's soccer team improved to 11-0-1 with a 2-0 win over Boston College on Sunday, Oct. 5. The Irish will travel to Georgetown on Saturday, Oct. 11, in their only game of the week before traveling to Wisconsin on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Week in Review: Notre Dame held visiting Boston College without a shot in the contest and scored a goal in each half for a 2-0 shutout. After the Irish failed to connect on their first eight shots of the game, Shannon Boxx (Torrance, Calif.) scored the game's first goal at 31:45 thanks to a feed from Jenny Streiffer (Baton Rouge, La.) from the top of the box that split the Eagles' defense. Boxx settled the pass and turned and fired into the lower right corner of the net from 12 yards. Notre Dame scored again just 3:18 into the second half on a header by Meotis Erikson (Kennewick, Wash.). Holly Manthei (Burnsville, Minn.) dished from 20 yards at the right corner of the box to Kelly Lindsey (Omaha, Neb.) who dribbled down the right sideline and lofted a cross to the far post to Erikson, who headed the ball from three yards out into the upper right corner for her sixth goal in the last four games. The Irish would bombard the Eagles' net with 11 more shots in the game but could not connect as Boston College was content to play with one forward and clog the box.
Georgetown Preview: The Irish will travel to Washington, D.C., to face the Hoyas on Saturday, Oct. 11, in an 11:00 a.m. matchup. Georgetown is 2-6-0 overall and 0-6-0 in the BIG EAST, four of which were one-goal losses. Notre Dame and Georgetown have met twice previously with the Irish winning 10-0 in 1995 on the road and 8-0 at home in 1996.
Wisconsin Preview: Notre Dame will travel to Madison, Wis., to face the Badgers on Tues., Oct. 14 at 4:00 p.m. Notre Dame and Wisconsin have met eight times with the Irish owning a 7-1 lead in the series. After a 6-0 loss to Wisconsin in 1989, the worst in school history, Notre Dame has won the last seven meetings by a combined score of 20-2. Two of the last three meetings have come in the NCAA second round, both 5-0 Irish wins.
Beene Tops Among Nations Goalkeepers: Sophomore goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene (Gold River, Calif.), in her first year as Notre Dame's starting goalkeeper, is currently the nation's top goalkeeper according to the weekly national statistics. Her .339 goal against average for the season is the lowest in the country. She has allowed just four goals in 1061 minutes of action this season. Beene 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 12 games into the 1997 season, Beene has shut out nine opponents, including two top 10 opponents, third-ranked Portland and fifth-ranked Duke.
Irish Go For 30 Straight Vs. Big Ten: Notre Dame will be looking for its 30th consecutive win against a Big Ten team when it plays Wisconsin. Since a 3-0 loss to Michigan State on Sept. 22, 1989, the Irish have gone 29-0-0 against the Big Ten over a nine year span, including a 6-0 win over Michigan State and 8-0 over Indiana in 1997. Notre Dame head coach Chris Petrucelli is a perfect 27-0-0 since taking over as head coach in 1990.
Erikson Heats Up: One of Notre Dame's hottest players in the last five games would be freshman forward Meotis Erikson who has scored at least one point in each of the last five games. She has scored six goals in the last four games and scored the game-winning goal against Villanova and assisted on the game winner against Boston College. She also scored the only other goal against the Eagles. Erikson is fifth on the team in scoring with eight goals and four assists for 20 points. In BIG EAST games, she leads the team in goals with six and is tied with Shannon Boxx in scoring with 20 points.
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 142-18-9 record with an .867 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.
Four Nominated for MAC Award: Four Notre Dame players have been selected as finalists for the 1997 Missouri Athletic Club Sports Foundation Collegiate Player of the Year which will be awarded on Jan. 9, 1998. Sophomore defender Jen Grubb (Hoffman Estates, Ill.), senior midfielder Holly Manthei, senior defender Kate Sobrero (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and sophomore forward Jenny Streiffer are Notre Dame's four of the 15 finalists. Manthei collected the most votes for the 1996 Missouri Athletic Club player of the year award of any returning midfielder in the country. Former Notre Dame All-American midfielder Cindy Daws was the recipient of last year's award.
Grubb, Erikson Named BIG EAST Players of the Week: Sophomore defender Jen Grubb and freshman forward Meotis Erikson have been honored for their efforts from the past week with BIG EAST defensive and rookie of the week awards. Grubb helped the Irish to two shutout wins over Indiana and Boston College and had a career-high three assists against the Hoosiers to earn defensive honors for the second time in four weeks. Erikson led Notre Dame in scoring this past week with three goals and an assist.
Manthei Surpasses 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. 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 109 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.
Road Warriors Continue: The Irish continue a stretch of 32 days with just one home game sandwiched between three home games. Wins at Rutgers, Villanova and Indiana preceded Notre Dame's only home game in that time, a 2-0 win over Boston College on Sunday at Alumni Field. Over the next two weeks, the Irish will travel to Washington, D.C., Syracuse, N.Y., and Madison, Wis., before closing out the regular season with four straight home games beginning Oct. 24. Notre Dame is 38-1-1 (.963) in games played on opponents' home fields since a 3-1 loss at sixth-ranked SMU on Oct. 17, 1992. Among these 38 wins are victories in some of the toughest stadiums for opposing teams including a 1-0 win at Fetzer Field over North Carolina in the 1995 NCAA semifinals and a 1996 BIG EAST regular season 2-1 win at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium in Storrs, Conn. The Irish are also 3-0 against Portland at Merlo Field with the latest trip resulting in a 1-0 win on Sept. 7. Notre Dame lost 3-1 at Santa Clara in 1996 and tied Cincinnati 2-2 in 1995. The Irish have never lost a conference road game at 26-0-1 in both the regular season and conference championships since joining the Midwestern Collegiate Conference in 1991 and the BIG EAST Conference in 1995. A 0-0 tie at Dayton in 1991 is the only blemish for the Irish. Notre Dame is a perfect 14-0-0 in BIG EAST road games.
Irish Outscore Opponents Shots: Anchored by three-time All-American Kate Sobrero, Notre Dame's defense has held the opposition to just 46 shots while the Irish have scored 53 goals. Notre Dame is outshooting its opponents by an average of 29-4 per game. Of the 46 shots allowed, Washington and North Carolina have each taken 11 on goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene with the Tar Heels taking their 11 shots in just 71:16 of play in the halted game.
Notre Dame Leads BIG EAST: Notre Dame sits atop the team statistics leaders among the BIG EAST teams. In all games played, the Irish have scored the most goals (53) and assists (74) and have the best defense with a 0.34 goals against average with nine shut outs. Among the conference's leader scorers in BIG EAST games, the Irish have spread the scoring among six players in the top 15, the most of any team in the conference. Anne Makinen (Helsinki, Finland), Holly Manthei, and Jenny Streiffer are among these top 15 scorers despite playing in just five of Notre Dame's six BIG EAST games. LaKeysia Beene is the best goalkeeper in the BIG EAST with a 0.339 goals against average in all games and a 0.167 average in BIG EAST games.
1997 Notre Dame Women's Soccer (11-0-1, 6-0-0) August Fri. 29 St. John's * W, 7-0 Sun. 31 Michigan State W, 6-0 September Fri. 5 at Washington W, 3-1 Sun. 7 at #3 Portland W, 1-0 Fri. 12 at Pittsburgh * W, 5-0 Sun. 14 at West Virginia * W, 3-0 Fri. 19 #1 North Carolina T, 2-2 Sun. 21 #5 Duke W, 5-0 Fri. 26 at Rutgers * W, 7-1 Sun. 28 at Villanova * W, 4-0 Tues. 30 at Indiana W, 8-0 October Sun. 5 Boston College * W, 2-0 Sat. 11 at Georgetown * 11:00 a.m. Tues. 14 at Wisconsin 4:00 p.m. Sun. 19 at Syracuse * 12:00 p.m. Fri. 24 Seton Hall * 7:30 p.m. Sun. 26 Connecticut * 1:00 p.m. Fri. 31 Michigan 7:30 p.m. November Sun. 2 Providence * 1:00 p.m. Fri.-Sun. 7-9 at BIG EAST Championship * BIG EAST Conference match All times are local Bold CAPS denotes home match All home matches played at Alumni Field
BIG EAST Standings (10/6) Team BIG EAST Overall 1. Notre Dame 6-0-0 11-0-1 Connecticut 6-0-0 10-1-0 Seton Hall 6-0-0 10-1-0 4. Syracuse 5-2-0 10-2-0 5. West Virginia 4-3-0 8-3-0 6. Boston College 3-4-0 5-4-1 7. Rutgers 2-3-0 5-7-0 Villanova 2-3-0 4-6-1 St. John's 2-5-0 6-5-0 10. Providence 0-5-0 3-6-1 Pittsburgh 0-5-0 0-7-2 Georgetown 0-6-0 2-6-0
Irish Among National Statistical Leaders Assists 2. Holly Manthei 14 4T. Jenny Streiffer 11 12T. Shannon Boxx 9 Team Scoring Average 3. Notre Dame 4.40 Attendance 3. Notre Dame 1,814 Goals Against Average 1. LaKeysia Beene 0.34
Soccer America Top 20 (10/6) Team Record Last Week 1. North Carolina * 11-0-1 1 2. NOTRE DAME 11-0-1 2 3. Texas A&M 11-1-0 3 4. Portland * 7-3-0 5 5. Virginia 9-1-1 4 6. Santa Clara 9-0-1 6 7. Connecticut * 10-1-0 7 8. Duke * 9-2-0 9 9. Clemson 8-2-0 10 10. Florida 8-2-1 11 11. Nebraska 10-2-0 13 12. Minnesota 10-1-1 17 13. William & Mary 8-4-0 16 14. Wake Forest 8-2-1 12 15. Hartford 7-1-1 14 16. SMU 7-4-0 18 17. Harvard 5-2-2 NR 18. Massachusetts 9-2-0 20 19. Maryland 6-3-2 10 20. BYU 11-0-0 NR * indicates 1997 Notre Dame opponents
NSCAA Top 25 (10/6) Team Record Points 1. North Carolina * 11-0-1 300 2. NOTRE DAME 11-0-1 288 3. Texas A&M 11-1-0 276 4. Virginia 9-1-1 264 5. Portland * 7-3-0 252 6. Duke * 9-2-0 236 7. Santa Clara 7-0-1 232 8. Hartford 8-1-1 212 9. Connecticut * 10-1-0 202 10. Nebraska 10-2-0 194 11. Minnesota 10-1-1 182 12. Clemson 8-2-0 152 13. Penn State 9-2-1 142 14. Michigan * 9-2-1 130 15. BYU 11-0-0 122 16. Harvard 5-2-2 116 17. SMU 7-4-0 104 18. Wake Forest 8-2-1 96 19. Maryland 6-3-2 90 20. Massachusetts 9-2-0 84 21. Florida 8-2-1 66 22. George Mason 6-2-4 56 23. USC 9-1-1 32 Texas 7-4-0 32 25. William & Mary 8-4-0 20 * indicates 1997 Notre Dame opponents