Feb. 4, 1997
Notre Dame Women’s Soccer Signs Three To National Letters Of Intent
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame women’s soccer team, coming off its fourth straight NCAA championship weekend appearance, has signed three high school seniors to national letters of intent, announced head coach Chris Petrucelli. Midfielders Lindsey Jones (South Bend, Ind.) and Mia Sarkesian (Canton, Mich.) and goalkeeper Elizabeth Wagner (Spring, Texas) will make up Notre Dame’s class of 2002.
“We lose only two starters from the 1997 team so we expect this class to help continue our tradition of great teams over the next four years,” said Petrucelli. “This is a class that will solidify our future.”
Jones comes to Notre Dame after starring at John Adams High School, the same high school as former Irish forward and 1996 BIG EAST championship most outstanding player Amy VanLaecke. Jones was named to the first team all-state in both 1996 and 1997 and is a two-time conference MVP. Speed and vision of the field are the key parts of her game that she will bring to Notre Dame.
“Lindsey is extremely athletic and has the potential to develop into a quality player for us in the future,” said Petrucelli.
Sarkesian starred at Plymouth Salem High School as a center midfielder where she was an all-state selection in leading her team in scoring and received Parade All-America honors. Sarkesian has been a member of both her regional team and the Olympic development team.
“Mia is a very talented midfielder who we expect to develop into one of our top players,” said Petrucelli.
Wagner is a standout goalkeeper at Klein High School where she was a four-time all-state selection. She has started every year in goal for Klein, leading her team to the state semifinal as a junior. A National Soccer Coaches Association of American high school All-American, Wagner has trained at the national camps of the under-19, under-16 and under-15 teams.
“Liz gives us security in the goalkeeping position when she teams with LaKeysia Beene in goal,” said Petrucelli. “She may be the best freshman goalkeeper next year.”
Wagner, one of the top incoming goalkeepers, will pair up with Beene, a first team NSCAA All-American, to give Notre Dame one of the best goalkeeping duos in the country.
The Irish are coming off a 23-1-1 season in which they won their third straight BIG EAST title with a 6-1 win over Connecticut in the finals before the Huskies upset the Irish 2-1 NCAA semifinal despite being outshot 28-6. Notre Dame loses midfielder Holly Manthei and Kate Sobrero to graduation but returns four All-Americans, including 1997 Soccer America freshman of the year Anne Makinen.