Notre Dame Advances to NCAA Quarterfinals
Irish Get 6-0 Win Over Nebraska
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's second-ranked women's soccer team scored three goals in each half for a 6-0 NCAA second-round win over sixth-ranked Nebraska at Alumni Field. With the win, the second-seeded Irish advance to face unseeded UCLA on Saturday, November 29, at 1:00 p.m. at Alumni Field. The 18-2-0 Bruins won their second straight NCAA road game with a 3-2 over SMU on Saturday. UCLA beat seventh-seeded Portland 1-0 in the NCAA first round.
Nebraska would manage just 10 shots against the Irish but the Cornhuskers came out strong with three shots in the first 13 minutes of the contest before Notre Dame took a shot. Lindsay Eddleman fired a shot from 17 yards but the ball sailed just right of the net. Becky Hogan later broke through the Irish back line and forced Irish goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene to come off line. Hogan launched a shot over Beene from the left wing from 12 yards but the ball hit square off the crossbar. Eddleman collected the rebound for an open net shot from the right wing from 15 yards but the ball sailed over the crossbar for best scoring chances in the game for the Huskers, who would get off just one more shot in the first half.
Notre Dame quickly recovered and scored on its first shot of the game at 17:10 when Meotis Erikson turned and fired a shot from 18 yards out near the right post into the upper left corner of the net past diving Nebraska goalkeeper Becky Hornbacher. Clinging to a 1-0 lead, the Irish then blitzed the Cornhuskers with back-to-back goals on consecutive shots.
Anne Makinen collected a free ball from 25 yards out and blasted a hard shot that went through the hands of Hornbacher and into the left corner of the net at 23:39. Just over a minute later, Makinen pass a ball through the Nebraska back line at midfield and watched Holly Manthei dribble in for a breakaway at 24:44. Manthei scored just her fourth goal of the year when she dribbled down the left wing and tapped the ball into the net as Hornbacher came off her line.
The Irish went into halftime with a 3-0 lead and a 13-4 advantage in shots. Notre Dame came out in the second half and scored on three consecutive shots in an eight-minute span to put the game away. Monica Gerardo sparked the Irish in the second half when she stole possession of the ball from a Nebraska defender from 30 yards out and dribbled to just inside the box and dumped the ball into the lower right corner at 55:07.
Makinen scored her second goal of the game on the next Irish shot at 60:16 on a free kick from 26 yards out into the upper left corner of the net. Two minutes later at 62:33, Erikson took a pass from Manthei and scored into the lower right corner of the net from the left side from 16 yards.
Notre Dame's defense held Nebraska to just six shots in the second half and 10 shots for the game while the Irish launched 24 shots. Beene upped her Notre Dame single-season record with her 17th shutout as she made six saves in the contest. The six goals were the most ever allowed by Nebraska and the 6-0 loss was the worst in school history dating back to a 5-1 loss to Washington and a 4-0 loss to USC both in 1995.
Both teams played most of the contest without two their starters. Irish leading scorer Jenny Streiffer went down with a sprained ankle in the first minute of the game and left for good at 5:23. Eddleman, the third leading scorer for Nebraska, joined Streiffer on the bench with a sprained ankle when she left at 18:59.
Shots: ND 24-10