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    Oct. 31, 1997

    Notre Dame Women's Soccer Blanks Michigan 5-0, Wins 31st Straight Against Big Ten

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's second-ranked women's soccer team outshot 12th-ranked Michigan 44-1 and used two goals by Jenny Heft to hand Michigan its first shutout loss of the season 5-0 and extended its winning streak against Big Ten teams to 31 games since a loss to Michigan State in 1989. With the win, the Irish improved to 17-0-1 while the Wolverines fall to 15-3-1. Notre Dame concludes its regular season on Sun., Nov. 2, against Providence at Alumni Field.

    Notre Dame bombarded the net with 10 shots in the first 19 minutes before Heft scored the first goal of the game for the Irish when Shannon Boxx tapped a pass to an open Heft at the top of the box. Heft blasted a shot into the lower right corner of the net beyond the reach of Wolverine goalkeeper Carissa Stewart, who made 17 saves in the contest.

    Stewart would face 10 more shots in the first and made numerous diving and point-blank saves to keep Notre Dame ahead by just 1-0 at halftime. Notre Dame came out in the second half and blitzed Michigan with 11 shots in the first 10 minutes of the second half, scoring on three of those shots.

    Holly Manthei sparked the Irish when she was fouled in the box on a drive to the goal to set up a penalty kick at 50:07. Anne Makinen converted on the penalty kick to open the scoring for Notre Dame in the second half. Meotis Erikson, who entered the game with a nine-game goal-scoring streak, blasted a shot that hit off the crossbar where Monica Gerardo volleyed in the rebound at 52:13. Heft concluded the five-minute barrage at 55:13 when she headed in a header from Gerardo from a Manthei corner kick.

    Notre Dame connected for the final time when Kara Brown scored from long range for her first goal of the season. She took a ball from 45 yards out on the right wing and lofted a ball toward the goal where Stewart came off her line toward the ball but watched the ball sail over her head into the upper left corner at 68:48.

    Irish goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene faced just one shot in recording her 14th shutout of the season, breaking the record of 13 set in 1995 by former Notre Dame All-American Jen Renola. Beene, who entered the game with the best goals against average in the country, lowered it to 0.28 with her eighth shutout in the last nine games. Anchored by senior three-time All-American Kate Sobrero, Notre Dame's defense held the Wolverine to just one shot, an Erin Gilhart free kick from 30 yards at 68:48.

    The Irish offense matched their season high for shots, tying the 44 Notre Dame launched against Michigan State in the second game of the season. Erikson saw her scoring streak come to halt as she took three shots, with two just missing the net. Her nine-game streak remains tied with Amy VanLaecke who also scored in nine consecutive games in 1995. Erikson was credited with an assist on her shot that ricocheted off the cross bar, extending her streak for consecutive games with at least one point to 11, matching another Irish record.

    #2 Notre Dame 5, #12 Michigan 0

    Scoring: ND Jenny Heft (Boxx, Streiffer) 23:16, ND Anne Makinen (penalty kick) 50:08, ND Monica Gerardo (Erikson) 52:13, ND Jenny Heft (Gerardo, Manthei) 55:13, ND Kara Brown 68:48.
    Shots: ND 44-1. Corners: ND 12-0. Saves: UM 17-1. Fouls: UM 13-10.

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