October 23, 1998
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Junior forward Jenny Heft, who entered the game as the third-most proficient goal scoring in the country, scored at 112:58 in the second overtime period to lead the fifth-ranked Notre Dame womens soccer team to a 1-0 win at 21st-ranked Michigan on Friday in front of a school-record crowd of 1,092 at the Michigan Soccer Field. The two teams battled through a scoreless regulation and first overtime period before Heft ended the game with almost seven minutes before a tie. Notre Dame improves to 13-2-1 and 3-0-0 all-time against the Wolverines, while Michigan falls to 11-4-1.
Junior forward Jenny Streiffer intercepted a muffed punt by Wolverine goalkeeper Carissa Stewart just beyond the top of the box to set up the goal. She then slipped a pass through the Michigan back line to Heft, who sprinted into the box unmarked. Stewart came off her line to attempt a save but Heft punched the ball past Stewart for her 21st goal of the year.
The Irish outshot the Wolverines 23-5 in the contest but could not find the net until Hefts gamewinner. Notre Dame had 11 corner kicks to Michigans 2. Irish goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene, who came off her line to snuff a shot by Michigans Stephanie McArdle in the first overtime, made three saves for her eight shutout of the season.
The win marked Notre Dames 34th consecutive win against a Big 10 team dating back to 1989. The game marked Notre Dames third straight overtime game on the heels of a tie at Connecticut and a loss at Seton Hall, joining a 1-1-1 stretch in 1995 as the only time the Irish played three consecutive overtime games.
Notre Dame ends its six-game road stretch with its final regular-season road game of the season on Sun., Oct. 25, with a BIG EAST matchup against St. Johns.