Sept. 24, 2000
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Senior midfielder Anne Makinen's third
game-winning goal of the season proved to be the day's only scoring as the
top-ranked Notre Dame women's soccer team overcame a defensive-oriented
Pittsburgh squad, 1-0, in BIG EAST Conference Mid-Atlantic Division action
Sunday at Alumni Field.
Notre Dame (9-0-0, 2-0-0 BIG EAST)-playing its first home game as
the nation's No. 1-ranked team-held a dominating 27-1 shot edge but failed
to score more than once versus a Panthers defense that regularly packed
nine players into the defensive third of the field. The Irish also held a
10-0 edge in corner kicks and did not allow a shot in the game's final 76
minutes of play.
Pittsburgh (3-7-0, 0-2-0) stayed in the game behind the steady play
of junior goalkeeper Rachel Brown, who made 15 saves while thwarting
several other Irish scoring chances.
Freshman forward Amy Warner set up the goal-scoring sequence when
she made a run through the left side of the box before chipping a pass back
to the top of the box. the ball ended up at Makinen's feet and the
All-American shifted to her right before placing a shot into the upper left
corner of the net (33:35).
Notre Dame nearly claimed a 2-0 lead in the game's 55th minute but
senior forward Meotis Erikson's shot from the top of the box clanged off
the middle of the crossbar.
NOTRE DAME HEAD COACH RANDY WALDRUM: "We've faced this type of defense
before this season and we know we will see it again. It affects the way you
play somewhat and we just have to be more efficient in creating chances and
then finishing them. There's a sense right now that the team may have some
mental fatigue and we are going to give them a couple days off this week.
We play Seton Hall on Friday night and they have given us some trouble in
the past, so we hope to be sharper by the time the next games roll around."
GAME NOTES: Makinen's 22 points this season (7G-8A) include three
game-winning goals, three primary game-winning assists and the outlet pass
that led to the own-goal in the Stanford game ... Sunday's goal was the
58th of Makinen's career, one behind Michelle McCarthy ('96) for fifth in
ND history and three behind '97 graduate Cindy Daws ... junior goaltender
Liz Wagner and the Irish defenders have allowed just one goal (on a penalty
kick Friday night at West Virginia) in the last 408 minutes of action ...
ND now owns a 246-49 season shot edge (27-5 average) and has held seven
opponents to 1-8 shots (four have managed just 1-2 shots) ... the Irish
also own a 69-21 season edge in corner kicks (8-2 average) and have allowed
just 26 shots on goal (2.9/gm) while attempting 147 (16.3/gm) ... ND now
holds a 4-0-0 lead in the Pittsburgh series, with a 20-1 scoring edge.
PITTSBURGH (3-7-0) 0 0 - 0
#1 NOTRE DAME (9-0-0) 1 0 - 1
1. Anne Makinen 7 (Amy Warner
Shots: Pitt 1, ND 7.
Saves: Pitt 16 (Rachel Brown 15, team 1), ND 0 (Liz Wagner).
Corner Kicks: Pitt 0, ND 10.
Fouls: Pitt 7, ND 6.
Offsides: Pitt 0, ND 5.