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    FIGHTING IRISH Kerri Hanks put on the pressure that led to Notre Dame's goal but her season-opening goal streak came to an end in the 2-1 loss to 6th-ranked Santa Clara (photo by Pete LaFleur).
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    Kerri Hanks put on the pressure that led to Notre Dame's goal but her season-opening goal streak came to an end in the 2-1 loss to 6th-ranked Santa Clara (photo by Pete LaFleur).
    FIGHTING IRISH

    Sept. 9, 2005

    Final Stats

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Jordan Angeli scored on two of Santa Clara's four shots on goal while top-ranked Notre Dame converted just one of numerous scoring chances, as the 6th-ranked Broncos used a goal in the 84th minute to defeat the top-ranked Irish, 2-1, in Friday-night action at the SCU Adidas Classic.

    Notre Dame (4-1-0) - playing without injured third-year starting defender Kim Lorenzen - owned a 14-5 edge in total shots that included several solid looks at the goal and a missed penalty-kick in the 32nd minute. The game featured an unusually low corner-kick total, with the Irish attempting the night's only corner in the third minute of action.

    The loss marked just the second regular-season defeat suffered by Notre Dame since late in the 2002 season, with the Irish now owning a 41-2-2 record in their past 45 regular-season games.

    Santa Clara (3-0-1) - which had lost its three previous games vs. the Irish and six of the previous seven - jumped ahead on Angeli's goal in the 21st minute but managed just one shot on goal the rest of the way. That sequence late in the second half produced the gamewinning goal, as Angeli narrowly beat goalkeeper Erika Bohn to the ball at the top of the box and scored on a shot that glanced off the far-left post.

    Ashley Jones steadily is developing into a strong player at outside back with the Irish (all photos by Pete LaFleur).


    Notre Dame lost just two starters (both central defenders) from its 2004 NCAA championship team but another key defender also was absent on Friday night, as Lorenzen currently is sidelined due to injury. Her fellow junior Christie Shaner slid over to one of the central defender spots on Friday while Jones made her third start of the season at left back.

    Santa Clara initiated the first goal after winning possession on the left flank and working a pass into the box. Meagan Snell was angling in for a shot but sophomore left back Ashley Jones had raced over and knocked the ball away. Snell quickly regained the ball and tapped it back to Angeli, who launched a rising 10-yard shot into the far-right side of the net (20:03).

    Angeli's first score marked just the sixth time in the past two seasons (32 GP) that the Irish have allowed a first-half goal, with the past five seasons seeing Notre Dame allow just 28 first-half goals in 97 games (0.29/gm)

    Notre Dame freshman forward Kerri Hanks did everything but score in Friday night's action, buzzing around the Santa Clara goal for multiple scoring chances - including a pair of first-half shots that squirted wide of the right post and the pressure that led to the game-tying goal.

    Hanks was poised to tie the game in the 32nd minute, breaking into the right side of the box. Micaela Esquivel was called for a yellow card after tackling from behind, producing the potential game-tying PK. Senior Annie Schefter, who had entered the game just minutes earlier, stepped forward to take the kick but SCU `keeper Julie Ryder dove low and to her left for the save.

    One minute later, Hanks raced into the center of the box and nearly sent the ball past the charging Ryder. The ball bounced towards the right post and Hanks raced after it, lunging near the endline for a follow-try that went into the sidenetting.

    Katie Thorlakson has played a role in Notre Dame's past nine goals scored vs. Santa Clara.


    Notre Dame tied the game late in the opening half, on a score originally credited to Hanks but later changed to an own-goal. Senior forward Katie Thorlakson set up the goal after chasing down a loose ball and serving a cross deep in the left corner. Hanks was making the near-post run and slid onto the cross with a SCU defender, who knocked the ball into the open net to force the 1-1 tie (37:50).

    Thorlakson had scored or assisted on Notre Dame's previous eight goals vs. the Broncos (4G-4A) and now has played a role in nine straight goals vs. SCU.

    Hanks failed to match the Notre Dame record of scoring in each of the first five games of the season, with Monica Gerardo maintaining sole possession of that distinction (Gerardo scored in the first five games of the 1995 NCAA title season, also as a freshman).

    Another Notre Dame freshman had a strong chance to give the Irish the halftime lead, just seconds before the intermission. Brittany Bock, again splitting time in the midfield and at forward, was 1-on-1 with Ryder on the right side of the box but sent her shot right at the SCU keeper, who made the easy catch for one of her five saves.

    Jen Buczkowski and her Irish teammates engaged in a fierce midfield battle for much of the Santa Clara game.


    The hosts had a couple of counter-attack chances in the opening half while the second half featured just three combined shots on goal (two by the Irish), with SCU ultimately going 63 minutes between shots on goal. Hanks had a chance in the 58th minute that was saved by Ryder while junior midfielder Jen Buczkowski had a prime scoring opportunity similar to Bock's, this time on the left side of the box with the clock clicking under 10 minutes to play. Buczkowski's shot also went straight to Ryder - her former club, ODP and U.S. Under-19 teammate - as the score remained tied heading into the final minutes.

    Santa Clara created the decisive score in the 84th minute, after an exchange of headers between the teams in the center of the field, at the edge of SCU's attacking third. Amanda Poach collected the ball and alertly chipped a pass into the top of the box. Angeli found herself between the Irish defense and the charging Bohn, quickly sending a low shot that found the far-left post and kicked back into the goal for the 2-1 final (83:05).

    Amanda Cinalli's hustling cross nearly set up a game-tying goal in the closing moments of the game at SCU.


    Moments later, sophomore forward Amanda Cinalli battled down the right flank and lofted a cross into the box, but Thorlakson's header sailed over the crossbar.

    NOTES - Both teams shortened their benches, with SCU using just two subs while Schefter was ND's only player off the bench ... ND now holds a 7-4-0 series edge vs. SCU (1-3-0 at Buck Shaw Stadium, named in honor of the former SCU football coach who starred at Notre Dame during the Knute Rockne era) ... the Irish trailed for 24 minutes on Friday night and now have trailed in just 13 of the past 60 games, for 307 of 5,480 minutes (5.6%), with a 52-6-2 record in those games ... ND had been 13-0-1 in its previous 14 regular-season tournament games ... Lorenzen had played in 45 straight games with the Irish and had started the previous 14 (ND was 13-1-0 in those games) ... the Irish had scored 4-plus goals in the first four games of '05 (an ND record) ... Thorlakson has played in all 75 games of her ND career while Buczkowski and Schefter extended their games-played streaks to 56 (Shaner has played in 53 straight, junior defensive midfielder Jill Krivacek in 40 consecutive) ... ND's season stats now include a 28-4 scoring edge, plus 77-15 in shots, 48-10 in shots on goal and 25-5 in corner kicks ... the own-goal gives ND goals in 195 of 203 regular-season games (96.07%) during the past 12 seasons ... ND has owned the CK edge in 14 of the past 17 games (tied in one) ... Friday's game featured a reunion of five players who helped the Cal-South team win the 2004 ODP national title: ND's Jones and Dew (captains of that Cal-South team) and SCU's Snell, Brittany Klein and Courtney Lewis.

    Christie Shaner - who returned to the center back role she filled for much of the 2003 season - has played in 53 straight games with the Irish.


    ND HEAD COACH Randy Waldrum - "Tonight certainly was one of those games when you look back at several great scoring chances, including a PK, and none of them fell for us. We've always had some great battles with Santa Clara and both teams usually are well-prepared and motivated for the matchup. There was a great atmosphere out there tonight. I still am tremendously positive about this team and our season, but we are in the process of finetuning a few things right now. ... I've always said that Kim Lorenzen is a very underrated played and one of those kids that we can't play without. You saw that at times tonight. She has so much experience playing for us in the back and has that classic vocal leadership, where her presence can make such a big impact on her teammates. But we also have great depth this season and several players who are capable of stepping into various roles. ... I expect to see a very strong performance from us on Sunday and throughout the rest of the season but this was another playoff-like atmosphere, similar to last Friday against Florida. I'd be surprised to see us not finish so many chances again this season."

    Jill Krivacek and her fellow juniors now own a 3-1-0 career record vs. Santa Clara.


    Notre Dame (4-1-0) 1 0 - 1
    Santa Clara (3-0-1) 1 1 - 2

    SCU 1. Jordan Angeli 3 (Meagan Snell) 20:03; ND 1. Own Goal 37:30; SCU 2. Angeli 4 (Amanda Poach) 83:05

    Shots: ND 9-5 - 14, SCU 3-2 - 5
    Corner Kicks: ND 1-0 - 1, SCU 0-0 - 0
    Saves: ND 2 (Erika Bohn), SCU 5 (Julie Ryder)
    Fouls: ND 13, SCU 19
    Yellow Cards: Jordan Angeli, SCU (23:08); Micaela Esquivel, SCU (31:39); Christie Shaner, ND (63:40, 1st of season)
    Offsides: ND 3, SCU 3

     

     

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