Nov. 25, 1997
Notre Dame Takes on UCLA
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's second-ranked women's soccer team scored three goals in each half for a 6-0 NCAA second-round win over sixth-ranked Nebraska at Alumni Field. With the win, the second-seeded Irish advance to face unseeded UCLA on Saturday, November 29, at 1:00 p.m. at Alumni Field.
Nebraska Review: Nebraska would manage just 10 shots against the Irish but the Cornhuskers came out strong with three shots in the first 13 minutes of the contest before Notre Dame took a shot. Becky Hogan broke through the Irish back line and forced Irish goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene (Gold River, Calif.) to come off line. Hogan launched a shot over Beene from the left wing from 12 yards but the ball hit square off the crossbar. Eddleman collected the rebound for an open net shot from the right wing from 15 yards but the ball sailed over the crossbar for what would be the best scoring chances in the game for the Huskers, who would get off just one more shot in the first half.
Notre Dame quickly recovered and scored on its first shot of the game at 17:10 when Meotis Erikson (Kennewick, Wash.) turned and fired a shot from 18 yards out near the right post into the upper left corner of the net past diving Nebraska goalkeeper Becky Hornbacher. The Irish then blitzed the Cornhuskers with back-to-back goals on consecutive shots. Anne Makinen (Helsinki, Finland) collected a free ball from 25 yards out and blasted a hard shot that went through the hands of Hornbacher and into the left corner of the net at 23:39. Just over a minute later, Makinen passed a ball through the Nebraska back line at midfield and watched Holly Manthei (Burnsville, Minn.) dribble in for a breakaway at 24:44.
Notre Dame came out in the second half and scored on three consecutive shots in an eight-minute span to put the game away. Monica Gerardo (Simi Valley, Calif.) sparked the Irish in the second half when she stole possession of the ball from a Nebraska defender from 30 yards out and dribbled to just inside the box and dumped the ball into the lower right corner at 55:07.
Makinen scored her second goal of the game on the next Irish shot at 60:16 on a free kick from 26 yards out into the upper left corner of the net. Two minutes later at 62:33, Erikson took a pass from Manthei and scored into the lower right corner of the net from the left side from 16 yards.
Notre Dame's defense held Nebraska to just six shots in the second half and 10 shots for the game while the Irish launched 24 shots. Beene upped her Notre Dame single-season record with her 17th shutout as she made six saves in the contest. The six goals were the most ever allowed by Nebraska and the 6-0 loss was the worst in school history dating back to a 5-1 loss to Washington and a 4-0 loss to USC both in 1995.
UCLA Preview: The 16th-ranked UCLA Bruins travel to Alumni Field for the NCAA quarterfinals with a 19-2-0 record and a winning streak at 12 games. The Bruins, whose last loss came on Sept. 29 against BYU, swept through the Pacific 10 Conference schedule with a perfect 9-0-0 record. UCLA has advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals by winning two road games, at seventh-seeded Portland 1-0 and at SMU 3-2.
Senior forward Traci Arkenberg leads the Bruins with 22 goals and eight assists. Seven of her 22 goals have been game winners. Freshman Venus James has scored nine goals and dished off seven assists. Sophomore Lindsay Culp has started 19 games in goal and has allowed just 13 goals for a 0.72 goals against average.
Irish-Bruins Notes: This will be the first meeting between Notre Dame and UCLA. The teams have four common opponents in 1997. Both teams have beaten Rutgers, Washington and Portland. UCLA fell 1-0 to Connecticut while the Irish have beaten the Huskies twice.
Two Notre Dame players hail from the Los Angeles area, juniors Shannon Boxx (Torrance, Calif.) and Monica Gerardo. Boxx has matched her career high in points this season with 12 goals and 16 assists for 40 points, exactly the same number of goals and assists she had in 26 games in 1996. Gerardo has hit a scoring streak at the right time with four goals in her first two NCAA games in 1997. She has scored 52 career goals, the most by any current Irish player and the fourth most in team history.
Friend Or Foe?: When Boxx and Gerardo line up against UCLA, they will be playing against former club teammates. Boxx played on the Torrance United club team for five years with UCLA's Traci Arkenberg while Gerardo played with Rhi Tanaka, Chrissy Whalen, Louise Lieberman and Tiffany Brown on the club team Fountain Valley Spirit. Boxx and Gerardo later teamed with Lieberman and Little on the club team Wild Things.
Playing in one of the forwards spots, Gerardo will be facing a familiar backline in Bruin defenders Brown, Little and Tanaka who have each started all 21 games for UCLA.
Irish NCAA Championship History: Notre Dame is making its fifth straight appearance in the NCAA championship, the eighth-best current streak in the country. The Irish are 13-3 all-time in the NCAA championships for a .813 winning percentage, second best among all participants, and have advanced to each of the last three NCAA title games. Only George Mason (1993 first round) and North Carolina (1994 and 1996 finals) have beaten the Irish in the NCAA championships. Notre Dame's best results came in 1995 when the Irish beat top-seed North Carolina in the semifinals and undefeated Portland in the final, both by 1-0 scores, to win their first NCAA championship.
BIG EAST Championship Review: Freshman midfielder Anne Makinen (Helsinki, Finland) scored a hat trick to lead Notre Dame to its third straight BIG EAST championship with a 6-1 win over fourth-ranked and second-seeded Connecticut at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. The Irish used five first-half goals and outshot the Huskies 17-1 to take control of the game at halftime. Against Villanova in the semifinals, the Irish used two goals each from Meotis Erikson (Kennewick, Wash.) and Jenny Streiffer (Baton Rouge, La.) for a 7-0 win over the fourth-seeded Wildcats. Notre Dame outshot Villanova 38-3 in the contest.
Makinen "Outstanding" In BIG EAST Championship: Anne Makinen scored a tournament-record four goals, including a hat trick in the championship game, and was named BIG EAST championship most outstanding player, joining Amy VanLaecke in 1995 and Cindy Daws in 1996 as other Notre Dame players to win the award. Makinen was at her best in the championship game, dominating play in the midfield. Her three goals in the championship game were the most scored by an individual in a championship game and her four goals were the most scored in a championship.
Sobrero Voted BIG EAST Defensive Player Of The Year: Three-time All-American Kate Sobrero was honored by the BIG EAST Conference at the championship banquet as the Conference defensive player of the year, the first time a Notre Dame player has won the award in its three years in the league. She was also a first team all-BIG EAST selection for the second consecutive year. Sobrero has anchored a Notre Dame defense that has held the opposition to just 81 shots while the Irish have scored 120 goals. Notre Dame is outshooting its opponents by an average of 31-4 per game and outscoring them 5.51-0.32. In the 15 wins since the North Carolina tie, Notre Dame has outscored the opposition 93-3 and outshot them 468-49.
Notre Dame Schedule Seventh Toughest Among Top 25: According to Jeff Sagarin's latest college women's soccer power ratings, Notre Dame's 1997 schedule is the seventh toughest among teams ranked in this week's NSCAA Top 25 and 11th toughest of all teams. Only Maryland, North Carolina, Portland, Duke, Santa Clara and Virginia were computed to have harder schedules among the top 25. Of Notre Dame's 1997 regular-season opponents, six play schedules ranked among the 10 toughest, according to Sagarin.
Irish Against NCAA Field: The Irish have played five of the 32 teams that made the NCAA championship, recording a 5-0-1 record against these teams. Notre Dame has two wins over third-seeded Connecticut and wins over fifth-seeded Duke, seventh-seeded Portland and Michigan. The Irish tied the Tar Heels 2-2.
Notre Dame NCAA Statistics: Holly Manthei's 11 career NCAA assists are all-time NCAA championship record. Five of these 11 came in the 1996 NCAA tournament, matching a record that she shares with Kara Brown (Avon, Conn.). Brown dished off all five of her assists as a freshman to set the single championship assist record. Jenny Heft's (Germantown, Wis.) three goals came against Indiana in 1996 in her first career NCAA championship game, which matched an NCAA single-game goal record. Monica Gerardo also tied that record that last week with her hat trick against Cincinnati.
Irish Outshoot Opponent Shots: By a difference of 35, Notre Dame's powerful offense has scored 126 goals while the stingy defense has allowed the opposition just 91 shots.
Notre Dame In Conference Championships: The Irish have played in five conference championships beginning in 1993 and have left with the title in each of those five tournaments. Notre Dame won Midwestern Collegiate Conference titles in 1993 and 1994 and has three BIG EAST titles since joining the conference in 1995.
Irish Tough At Home: Notre Dame has been unbeatable at home during the NCAA championships, building an 9-0-0 record at home and an 8-0-0 record at Alumni Field (Notre Dame played Maryland in the 1996 third round at nearby Saint Mary's). The Irish have outscored the opposition 40-4 in those eight contests with first home NCAA game coming in 1994 in a 3-1 win against George Mason. The Irish are 55-1-1 in their last 57 home games and 78-5-1 (.935) all-time at Alumni Field.
Spreading The Wealth: Perhaps nowhere has Notre Dame's depth been more apparent than in the scoring column. The Irish have distributed their scoring evenly in 1997, with three 55-point scorers on the team and three others with at least 35 points. Eight players have scored at least 20 points.
Beene Continues To Lead Nation, Earns BIG EAST Honors: For the eighth straight week, sophomore goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene (Gold River, Calif.) owns the lowest goals against average in the country at 0.32 among goalkeepers who have played at 60% of their team's total minutes. She has allowed just seven goals in 2051 minutes of action.
Beene also has bettered former Irish All-American Jen Renola's school record for shutouts in a season. In 1995, Renola blanked 13 opponents in 25 games. In 23 games of the 1997 season, Beene shut out 17 opponents, including four top 10 opponents, third-ranked Portland, fourth-ranked Connecticut, fifth-ranked Duke and sixth-ranked Nebraska.
Head Coach Chris Petrucelli: Chris Petrucelli is in his eighth season as head coach of Notre Dame's women's soccer team and has guided the Irish to their fifth straight NCAA appearance. 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 153-18-9 record with an .875 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.
Irish Nominated for MAC Award, Hermann Trophy: 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 and sophomore forward Jenny Streiffer (Baton Rouge, La.) 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.
Manthei and Anne Makinen have been selected as two of 10 finalists for the Hermann Trophy, which recognizes the most outstanding collegiate soccer player and will be awarded on Dec. 13. Manthei was previously named a finalist in both 1995 and 1996. Makinen is the only freshman among the 10 finalists. Former Notre Dame All-American midfielder Cindy Daws was the recipient of last year's award.
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 earlier in the season. Against the Blue Devils, her assist on Monica Gonzalez's (Richardson, Texas) 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 125 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 11 assists in just 16 career NCAA championship games broke another of Hamm's records, and her five in the 1996 NCAA tournament is tops with teammate Kara Brown (Avon, Conn.) for the NCAA single-tournament record. She has 30 assists and four goals in 1997.
Streiffer Fastest To 100: Of the seven 100-point scorers in Notre Dame women's soccer history, sophomore forward Jenny Streiffer has become the fastest Notre Dame player in school history to reach the 100-point plateau in her career, taking just 40 games to reach the milestone. She scored 66 points in 26 games as a freshman and then scored her 34th point in 1997 against Wisconsin, the 14th game of the season. Monica Gerardo reached 100 points in 44 games, the previous mark.
Soccer America Final Top 20 (11/10) Team Record Last Week 1. North Carolina * 22-0-1 1 2. Notre Dame 20-0-1 2 3. Santa Clara 17-2-1 4 4. Texas A&M 18-2-0 6 5. Connecticut * 19-3-0 5 6. Nebraska * 17-3-0 7 7. Florida 19-2-1 8 8. Portland * 14-4-0 3 9. William & Mary 18-4-0 12 10. Clemson 13-6-0 14 11. Hartford 18-1-1 13 12. Virginia 13-4-2 9 13. Maryland 12-8-2 15 14. Duke * 14-5-1 10 15. SMU 16-4-1 16 16. UCLA * 17-2-0 17 17. Minnesota 17-2-2 11 18. Michigan * 18-3-1 20 19. Harvard 11-3-2 NR 20. Georgia 15-5-1 19 * indicates 1997 Notre Dame opponents NSCAA Final Top 25 (11/10) Team Record Points 1. North Carolina * 22-0-1 300 2. Notre Dame 20-0-1 288 3. Santa Clara 17-2-1 268 4. Texas A&M 18-2-0 262 5. Connecticut * 19-3-0 260 6. Portland * 14-4-0 222 7T. Nebraska * 17-3-0 216 7T. William & Mary 18-4-0 216 9. Florida 19-2-1 214 10. Hartford 18-1-1 198 11. Minnesota 18-2-2 184 12. Duke * 14-5-0 172 13. Virginia 13-4-2 150 14. Clemson 13-6-0 146 15. Michigan * 18-3-1 136 16. Maryland 12-8-2 120 17. Harvard 11-3-2 106 18T. SMU 16-4-1 98 18T. UCLA * 17-2-0 98 20. Massachusetts 17-4-0 62 21. Penn State 15-6-1 46 22. Vanderbilt 14-7-0 42 23. BYU 19-3-0 36 24. Georgia 15-5-1 32 25. George Mason 13-5-4 18 * indicates 1997 Notre Dame opponents Career NCAA Statistics GP G A P GW Holly Manthei 15 2 11 15 0 Monica Gerardo 11 6 3 15 2 Shannon Boxx 11 5 0 10 1 Kara Brown 7 1 7 9 1 Jenny Streiffer 7 3 3 9 1 Anne Makinen 2 3 2 8 0 Meotis Erikson 2 3 1 7 1 Kate Sobrero 15 1 3 5 1 Jenny Heft 7 3 0 3 0 Jen Grubb 7 0 2 2 0 Kelly Lindsey 2 1 0 2 0 GP Min Sv/G GAA Sh LaKeysia Beene 4 212 9/1 0.42 1.5 Irish Leaders Scoring Jenny Streiffer 56 Goals Meotis Erikson 22 Anne Makinen 22 Assists Holly Manthei 30 Game-Winning Goals Shannon Boxx 5 Meotis Erikson 5 Shots Anne Makinen 97 Goals Against Average LaKeysia Beene 0.31