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    Aug. 29, 1997

    Notre Dame Women's Soccer Opens Season With 7-0 Win

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's two-time defending BIG EAST champion women's soccer team opened its 1997 season with a 7-0 win over BIG EAST foe St. John's at Alumni Field. Seven different players scored for the Irish, who out shot the Red Storm 41-2 in the contest. Sophomore goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene recorded the shutout and did not face a shot on goal in her first career start after taking over in net for Jen Renola. Renola started all 98 games in her four-year career from 1993-96, a college women's soccer record.

    Shannon Boxx started the scoring when she headed in what would be the game-winning goal from eight yards out at the 8:13 mark. The teams would battle scoreless until freshman Monica Gonzalez scored her first career goal at the 30:13 mark when she beat Red Storm goalkeeper Sherry Reill to a long feed from Kate Sobrero to put the Irish up 2-0.

    St. John's nearly came right back less than 40 seconds later as Francesca Contensini beat Beene to a long ball but her open-net shot from 10 yards out skimmed just left of the net. Jenny Heft headed in a loose ball just 13 seconds before the half to put Notre Dame up 3-0 at the half.

    The second half was similar to the first half with the Irish controlling possession and continuing to put the ball on goal as St. John's was content on clogging the box. Freshman Meotis Erikson scored her first career goal at 58:17 as Sobrero recorded her second assist of the game with a long feed that Erikson beat Reill to and knocked into the right corner.

    Jenny Streiffer flicked in a pass on the line from Gonzalez to make it 5-0 at 64:35. Freshman Anne Makinen scored her first career goal when she blasted a shot from 30 yards out into the lower left corner that slipped through the hands of Reill, who had 13 saves in the contest.

    Jean McGregor angled in the final goal at 89:04 when she took a pass from the right wing from Iris Lancaster and shot from five yards from the left wing out into the lower right corner of the net, past an outstretched Reill.

    "We played well for our first game," said head coach Chris Petrucelli, who enters his eighth year as head coach of the Irish. "We were a little rusty with all the new players but we were able to score goals. I was happy with the way we played. Monica Gonzalez played really well for us."

    Notre Dame returns to action when Michigan State travels to Alumni Field on Sunday, at 1:00 p.m.

    #2 Notre Dame 7, St. John's 0

    Scoring: ND Shannon Boxx (unassisted) 8:13, ND Monica Gerardo (Sobrero, Boxx) 30:13, ND Jenny Heft (unassisted) 44:47, ND Meotis Erikson (Sobrero), ND Jenny Streiffer (Gonzalez) 64:32, ND Anne Makinen (Grubb) 69:47, ND Jean McGregor (Lancaster, Hinostro) 89:04.

    Shots: ND 41-1. Corners: ND 15-0. Saves: SJ 13-0. Fouls: SJ 9-3.

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