Nov. 29, 1997
Notre Dame Advances to Fourth NCAA Semifinal with 8-0 Win over UCLA
Shannon Boxx was one of six players with goals for Notre Dame. (file photo)
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's second-ranked women's
soccer team used a Jenny Heft hat trick to advance to its
fourth straight NCAA national semifinal with an 8-0 win over
UCLA at Alumni Field on Saturday. Notre Dame will take on the
winner of Sunday's quarterfinal between third-seeded
Connecticut and William & Mary in the semifinals on Fri., Dec.
5, at North Carolina-Greensboro. UCLA closed the season with a
19-3-0 record while Notre Dame stays unbeaten at 23-0-1.
The Irish used six goals in the second half to break open a 2-0
halftime game. Heft, starting in place of Irish leading scorer
Jenny Streiffer who sat out with an injury, scored on her first
three shots to build at 3-0 lead for Notre Dame. The hat trick
was the second of Heft's career and the second in an NCAA
championship game. She scored her first hat trick in the 1996
NCAA first round against Indiana. The three goals match a
single-game NCAA record as Heft joins Mia Hamm as the only
players to score two hat tricks in NCAA games.
"The big key for us in the game, especially in the second half,
was that we were able to finish our scoring chances," said
Irish head coach Chris Petrucelli. "We created a lot of
chances and were very good in the attacking third of the field.
We wanted to come out and take the game over early and I think
we did that."
Holly Manthei, who entered the game as the leader in career
NCAA championship game assists with 11 and finished with 14,
sparked the Irish almost immediately with a hard shot from the
top left corner of the box. The ball slipped out Bruin
goalkeeper Lindsay Culp's hands where Heft pounced on the loose
ball from three yards for a 1-0 just 1:29 into the game. Heft
made 2-0 at 22:38 when she stripped the ball from a Bruin
defender from about 16 yards. Culp had come off her line to
cut off the feed that came from Meotis Erikson, allowing Heft
to punch the ball into the open net.
The Irish erupted in the second half, bombarding the net with
11 shots and three goals in the first nine minutes of the
second half. Heft booted in a rebound at 46:25 from a Monica
Gerardo shot that hit the crossbar. Gerardo made it 4-0 at
49:50 with a header from a Manthei cross. Shannon Boxx took a
cross from Erikson and blasted a shot into the lower right
corner at 53:56 for a 5-0 lead.
"The goal that made a big difference was the one at the
beginning of the second half," said Petrucelli. "At 2-0, they
were still in the game but the third goal came so early that
they never really had a chance to get going in the second
Kara Brown scored from the right wing at 66:17, Anne Makinen
scored on a breakaway at 69:24, and Monica Gonzalez stripped a
defender of the ball inside the box to close out the scoring at
83:43. Irish goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene faced just four shots
and made three saves to record her school-record 18th shutout
of the season. Notre Dame out shot UCLA 32-4 in the contest,
scoring on eight of its 32 shots.
The Irish have won their first three NCAA championship games by
a combined score of 21-1 (Cincinnati 7-1, Nebraska 6-0), the
most goals ever scored in three games in NCAA championship
history, breaking the 19 scored by North Carolina in three
games in the 1992 championship. Notre Dame is just one short
of the record 22 goals scored by North Carolina in five games
in the 1996 NCAA championship.
#2 Notre Dame 8, #16 UCLA 0
ND Jenny Heft (Manthei) 1:29, ND Jenny Heft (unassisted) 22:38, ND Jenny Heft (Gerardo) 46:25, ND Monica Gerardo (Manthei, Makinen) 49:50, ND Shannon Boxx (Erikson, Lindsey) 53:56, ND Kara Brown (Boxx, Manthei) 66:17, ND Anne Makinen (unassisted) 69:24, ND Monica Gonzalez (unassisted) 83:43.