Aug. 31, 1997
Notre Dame Women's Soccer Blanks Michigan State 6-0
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's second-ranked women's soccer team held Michigan State without a shot for the first 60 minutes of the game and outshot the Spartan 44-2 en route to a 6-0 win Sunday at Alumni Field. The win over Michigan State marked the 28th straight win over a Big Ten team for Notre Dame's women's soccer team, dating back to a 3-0 loss to the Spartans on Sept. 22, 1989. Notre Dame travels to Washington to face the host Huskies on Fri., Sept. 5, in the first road game of the season for the 2-0-0 Irish.
Notre Dame took nine shots in the first 18 minutes of the game but was not able to find the net until Jenny Streiffer volleyed in a loose ball from five yards out to put the Irish up 1-0 at 18:59. After 10 more shots failed to get past Spartan goalkeeper Sara Kloostermann, Anne Makinen blasted a shot from the right wing from 25 yards that ricocheted off the left post into the right corner for a 2-0 lead at the 41:40 mark. Shannon Boxx scored just under tree minutes later when she took a feed from Streiffer that split the Spartan defense and booted the ball into the right corner for a 3-0 lead at halftime.
The Irish struck quickly in the second half when Holly Manthei hit a cross from the left side that skimmed off the crossbar and curved back into play as Jenny Heft headed the ball into the net for a 4-0 lead at 47:06. Eleven minutes later, Heft made it 5-0 when she chipped a Makinen pass from the right post from 10 yards out over Kloosterman's head into the upper left corner. Boxx ended the scoring with a bang when she rocketed a shot from 35 yards out into the upper right corner of the net at 63:03.
Goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene recorded her second consecutive shutout as she recorded one save in the contest. Holly Manthei had three assists in the game while defender Kate Sobrero recorded her third and fourth assist of the season, already just one short of her 1996 total of five assists.
#2 Notre Dame 6, Michigan State 0
Scoring: ND Jenny Streiffer (unassisted) 18:59, ND Anne Makinen (unassisted) 41:40, ND Shannon Boxx (Streiffer, Manthei) 44:04, ND Jenny Heft (Manthei, Sobrero) 47:06, ND Jenny Heft (Makinen, Manthei) 58:22, ND Shannon Boxx (Sobrero, Lindsey) 63:03.