Sept. 21, 1997
Makinen, Gonzalez Lead No. 2 Notre Dame Over No. 5 Duke 5-0
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame freshmen Monica Gonzalez and Anne Makinen each scored a pair of goals to lead the second-ranked Irish over fifth-ranked Duke in the final game of the adidas/Lady Footlocker Classic in front of a record, sellout crowd of 3,300 fans at Notre Dame's Alumni Field. Gonzalez connected on two first half goals while Makinen scored her pair in the second half. Makinen, who also had a goal and assist in Notre Dame's 2-2 tie with North Carolina on Friday, was named the offensive MVP of the tournament. With the win, the Irish improve to 7-0-1 while the Blue Devils fall to 5-2-0.
"We played really well today," said Notre Dame head coach Chris Petrucelli. "We dominated the game from the beginning. They are a good team and it took sometime to break them down."
After missing on their first nine shots, the Irish finally connected on their first goal at 35:38 when Monica Gonzalez took a back pass from Jenny Streiffer and fired from 20 yards out on the left wing into the lower right corner of the net. Gonzalez scored again when she headed in a cross from Jenny Streiffer and Holly Manthei at 44:30 to send Notre Dame into halftime with a 2-0 lead. For Manthei, who already has set college women's soccer records for assists in a season (44 in 1996) and career assists, her assist on Sunday marked the 100th assist in her 83 game career at Notre Dame.
Makinen scored the first of her two goals at 64:02 from 25 yards out on the right wing when she collected a loose ball with her back to the goal and turned and fired in one motion into the upper left corner of the net.
Jenny Streiffer scored at 70:24 when she dribbled through the Duke defense and hit from seven yards. Makinen closed out the scoring with another long-range goal from 22 yards out that hit the crossbar and ricocheted down and in for a goal.
"The two goals that Anne scored are world class goals," said Petrucelli. "The first goal she scored may be the best goal that's ever been scored on this field."
Notre Dame's defense held Duke without a shot until 73:54 and ended the game with a 26-3 advantage in shots. Sophomore goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene made one save in recording her sixth shutout of the season.
In the first game of the day, North Carolina beat Portland 1-0 thanks to a header by Laurie Schwoy just 15:53 into the contest. Notre Dame and North Carolina finished the adidas/Lady Footlocker Classic with 1-0-1 records. Portland went 1-1-0, while Duke was 0-2-0. The Irish return to the field when they travel to Rutgers on Fri., Sept. 26, in a BIG EAST matchup.