Fourth-Ranked Women's Soccer Blanks St. John's 4-0|
Sept. 12, 1999
The fourth-ranked Notre Dame women's soccer team used three second-half goals for a 4-0 win over host St. John's on the artificial turf at DaSilva Memorial Field in a BIG EAST Conference cross divisional game on Sunday. Four different players scored for the Irish, who improve to 2-1-0 with the win. The Red Storm, off to their best start in the 13-year history of the program, fall to 3-1-1 with the loss. Irish goalkeepers LaKeysia Beene and Elizabeth Wagner combined to record the shutout, the fifth for Notre Dame in as many meetings with St. John's. The Irish return to action against 10th-ranked Texas A&M at 4:30 p.m., on Fri., Sept. 17, at the Women's College Classic in Spring, Texas.
Notre Dame managed just a 5-3 advantage in shots in the first 45 minutes of action before outshooting St. John's 16-3 in the second half for a 21-6 final shot total. Red Storm goalkeeper Kristina Fogg made seven saves, while Beene made two saves. St. John's was called for 11 fouls to nine for Notre Dame.
The Irish took a 1-0 into halftime on a goal by Meotis Erikson. Defender Kara Brown won the ball in the back and dribbled through the St. John's midfield to the right side. Brown crossed the ball to the far post to Erikson, who headed the ball for the game-winning goal at 10:16.
Jenny Heft gave the Irish a 2-0 lead at 53:05 when she booted in a failed clear from 10 yards. Jenny Streiffer built Notre Dame's lead to 3-0 at 60:24. Jen Grubb served a free kick from 25 yards on the right sideline that Streiffer headed into the right corner of the net from the near post. Monica Gonzalez closed out the scoring at 82:14 when she one-timed a cross from Erikson, who won the ball from two Red Storm defenders and fed Gonzalez from 10 yards beyond the goal on the left endline.
Heft's goal marked the 62nd of her career, moving her past former Irish All-American Cindy Daws for second-place on Notre Dame's all-time goal scoring list.