Nov. 2, 1997
Notre Dame Women's Soccer Ends Regular Season With 7-0 Win Over Providence
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's second-ranked women's soccer team ended its regular season unbeaten for the time in school history with a 7-0 win over Providence at Alumni Field. Jenny Streiffer and Jenny Heft came off the bench to lead the Irish with two goals and an assist each. Notre Dame finished with its best regular season record in school history at 18-0-1. The 1994 Irish were the only other team to go unbeaten through the regular season as they finished 17-0-1. With the loss, Providence falls to 5-11-2.
Notre Dame scored twice in the first nine minutes when Anne Makinen booted in a loose ball in front of the net at 2:39 for what would be the game-winning goal. Kate Sobrero then made it 2-0 at 9:23 when she took a pass from Makinen on the left endline and made her way to the goal, scoring from five yards out.
The Irish then blitzed the Friars by scoring on three consecutive shots in 2:32 beginning with Jenny Streiffer's tap in of a Makinen cross in front of the net at 22:11. Shannon Boxx was then fouled in the box to set up a Julie Maund penalty kick at 23:26. Streiffer then headed in a cross at 24:33 for a 5-0 lead.
Providence goalkeeper Shana Ross kept the score at five when she snuffed a point-blank Makinen breakaway shot at 24:43. Heft tallied the fourth Irish goal in six shots in 3:22 when she blasted a shot from 12 yards from the right wing into the upper left corner of the net. She would tap in a pass from Iris Lancaster at 42:14 for the game's final score.
The second half saw the Irish launch 13 shots but Ross made six saves to shut out Notre Dame in the second half. Ross also made saves on two of Meotis Erikson's shots, holding the freshman forward without a point in the contest to snap her streak of 11 consecutive games with a point. Erikson remains tied for that record with Streiffer and Holly Manthei, who both had 11 game streaks with at least one point in 1996.
The Irish finished the BIG EAST regular season with a perfect 11-0-0 record, winning their second consecutive BIG EAST regular-season title. Notre Dame will go for its third BIG EAST championship next weekend as the top-seeded Irish face fourth-seeded Villanova on Fri., Nov. 7 at 6:00 p.m. Second-seeded Connecticut will face third-seeded Seton Hall in the other semifinal.
#2 Notre Dame 7, Providence 0 Scoring: ND Anne Makinen 2:39, ND Kate Sobrero (Makinen, Boxx) 9:23, ND Jenny Streiffer (Manthei, Maund) 22:11, ND Julie Maund (penalty kick) 23:26, ND Jenny Streiffer (Makinen, Heft) 24:33, ND Jenny Heft 25:33, ND Jenny Heft (Lancaster, Streiffer) 42:14. Shots: ND 40-3. Corners: ND 10-0. Saves: PC 14-0. Fouls: PC 9-5.