Nov. 16, 1999
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The fifth-ranked Notre Dame women's soccer team began the 1999 NCAA women's soccer championship with a 5-1 win over Dayton in the second round on Sunday at Alumni Field after earning a first-round bye.
Stanford, ranked eighth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of American poll and unseeded in the NCAA field, travels to Alumni Field for a third-round contest against the Irish on Friday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Alumni Field. The Cardinal defeated Cal Poly 3-1 to reach the third round.
THIS WEEK FOR THE IRISH: The BIG EAST champions will face Pacific-10 champion Stanford on Friday in the NCAA third round. The Cardinal scored three goals in the first 17 minutes to beat visiting Cal Poly in the second round on Saturday night. Stanford, with a 15-4-1 record, claimed the Pacific-10 automatic bid with a 7-1-1 record. Senior Ronnie Fair leads the Cardinal with 11 goals and three assists for 25 points, while freshman Marcia Wallis has 10 goals and two assists for 22 points. Junior goalkeeper Carly Smolak has a 1.22 goals against average with five solo shutouts. The game will match the nation's third highest-scoring team in Notre Dame at 4.32 goals per game against the eighth highest-scoring team in Stanford at 3.05 goals per game.
THE SERIES: Notre Dame and Stanford have played four times with the series tied at 2-2-0 with the last meeting in 1996, a 4-0 win by the top-ranked Irish over the 18th-ranked Cardinal at Santa Clara. Senior forward Jenny Streiffer (Baton Rouge, La.) scored the first two goals in that game as a freshman. Senior Kara Brown (Avon, Conn.) had an assist while senior goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene (Gold River, Calif.) played in the second half, replacing starting goalkeeper Jen Renola.
Second-ranked Notre Dame beat third-ranked Stanford 2-0 at Alumni Field in 1995, after the ninth-ranked Cardinal beat the third-ranked visiting Irish 3-1 in overtime in 1993. Stanford traveled to Notre Dame as the second-ranked team in the country and handed the 20th-ranked Irish a 3-0 loss in their first meeting on Oct. 4, 1992. That game marked the last time a team has shut out the Irish at Alumni Field and is one of just seven losses for Notre Dame at Alumni Field.
Stanford will be making its second trip to Notre Dame this season after playing an exhibition game against the Irish on August 20. The Irish scored twice in each half for a 4-0 win in that contest, which was played without junior All-American midfielder Anne Makinen (Helsinki, Finland), who was playing with the Finnish national team. Stanford is one of three teams, along with Marquette and North Carolina, to have played the Irish at least four times and have a .500 or better record against Notre Dame.
IRISH IN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP: Notre Dame is making its seventh straight NCAA championship appearance and is one of only five teams (Connecticut, North Carolina, Santa Clara and William & Mary) to appear in each of the last seven championships. The Irish boast a record of 17-5 in its six previous NCAA championship appearances for a .773 winning percentage, the second highest in NCAA history. The Irish won the NCAA championship in 1995, reached the final in 1994 and 1996, were semifinalists in 1997 and were quarterfinalists in 1998. The Irish lost in the regional semifinals in their first appearance in 1993. Notre Dame has a 5-3 record against the other 47 teams in the field and a 3-3-0 against the other 15 teams remaining.
SECOND-ROUND RECAP: The Irish broke open a 1-1 halftime game with four goals in a span of 7:22 in the second half to beat Atlantic 10 champion Dayton 5-1 in the NCAA championship second round on Sunday at Alumni Field. Senior forward Jenny Heft (Germantown, Wis.) notched the game-winning goal when she tapped in a rebound from junior Meotis Erikson (Kennewick, Wash.) at 66:10. Erikson blasted a shot from 15 yards on the right side that Dayton goalkeeper Stephanie Weisenfield tipped down. Heft then pounced on the ball from two yards for the game-winning goal. The Irish held a 29-3 advantage in shots, including 18-1 in the second half. Notre Dame's defense held Dayton without a shot for the final 23:36 of the contest, which was played with a stiff wind at Dayton's back in the first half and at Notre Dame's back in the second half. Weisenfield saved five shots and was helped by a defense which stopped three Irish shots off the line. Irish All-American senior goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene (Gold River, Calif.) recorded one save in facing three shots.
Kara Brown gave the Irish a two-goal lead just 53 seconds after Heft's goal when her cross from 20 yards on the right side curved and sailed into the upper left corner of the net. Junior Monica Gonzalez (Richardson, Texas) then finished a through ball from Anne Makinen at 70:34 for a 4-1 lead. Makinen closed out the scoring at 73:32 when a blast from 20 yards on the left wing that went straight into the upper right corner of the net.
Dayton senior Danielle Gillespie sent the game into halftime tied at 1-1 with a goal at 39:15. Freshman Missy Gregg slipped a through ball to Gillespie, who scored from 16 yards on the left side into the right corner of the net. After that goal the Irish defense allowed just one shot the rest of the game. Jenny Streiffer gave the Irish a quick 1-0 lead at 12:21 when she flicked a shot from the right post into the left corner from a right endline cross from Makinen.
GRUBB, PRUZINSKY NAMED PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Senior All-American Jen Grubb was named the 1999 BIG EAST Conference defensive player of the year, and freshman defender Vanessa Pruzinsky (Trumbull, Conn.) was named the 1999 BIG EAST Conference rookie of the year at the annual BIG EAST women's soccer banquet on Nov. 4. Grubb also was named defensive player of the year as a junior in 1998. The award marks the third consecutive year that an Irish defender has won the award after Kate Sobrero was named the first BIG EAST defensive player of the year in 1997. Grubb also was voted to the all-BIG EAST first team for the fourth consecutive year, becoming the first four-time first team all-BIG EAST women's soccer player.
Pruzinsky, the 1998 National Soccer Coaches Association of America high school player of the year, has started all 20 games at defense for the Irish. Pruzinsky has assisted on four of Notre Dame's goals. She becomes the third Irish freshman to win rookie-of-the-year award in Notre Dame's five years in the BIG EAST Conference. Monica Gerardo won the award in 1995, while senior Jenny Streiffer was the 1996 recipient.
RANDY WALDRUM VOTED BIG EAST COACH OF THE YEAR, NOTCHES 200TH CAREER WIN: Irish head coach Randy Waldrum has been voted the 1999 BIG EAST coach of the year in his first year at Notre Dame. Waldrum led the 1999 Irish to the inaugural BIG EAST Conference Mid-Atlantic division title with a 6-0-0 record against divisional opponents and a 3-0-0 record in cross-divisional games. The award marks the second consecutive conference coach-of-the-year honor for Waldrum, who was voted the 1998 Big 12 coach of the year after leading Baylor to the '98 regular season title. The semifinal win over Seton Hall marked the 200th win of Waldrum's coaching career. His record now stands at 202-108-19 in 17-plus seasons after the win over Dayton.
Waldrum, a seven-year member of the United States national team coaching staff, is in his first year as head coach of the Irish after leading Baylor to the '98 NCAA championship second round in just the third year of the program that he started in 1996. He comes to Notre Dame after being named 1998 National Soccer Coaches Association Central Region coach of the year in addition to the Big 12 coach-of-the-year award. His 107-50-12 (.669) women's soccer career record in three seasons coaching the Baylor women's soccer program and six seasons with the Tulsa women's soccer program has him listed 13th on the NCAA winningest coaches list by career winning percentage and 26th by wins. The Irving, Texas, native also has coached men's teams at Tulsa, Texas Wesleyan and Austin College and boasted an overall career record of 183-105-19 in 17 total seasons before coming to Notre Dame.
HEFT EXTENDS SCORING STREAK TO EIGHT GAMES: Senior forward Jenny Heft scored one goal against both Connecticut and Miami during the regular season to tie and then surpass the 73 goals Monica Gerardo scored from 1995-98 to become Notre Dame's all-time leading goal scorer with 74 goals. She added single tallies against Wisconsin, Indiana, Miami, Seton Hall, Connecticut and Dayton to bring her total to 80 goals, placing her 11th on the NCAA Division I career goals list. Heft has scored in eight consecutive games, one short of the school record held by Meotis Erikson and Amy Van Laecke, and has scored 17 goals in 13 of the last 14 games after tallying just three goals in the first eight games of the season. Heft scored 12 goals as a freshman and 20 as a sophomore before setting the Irish single-season mark with 28 goals as a junior in 1998.
STREIFFER APPROACHES 70-70, BREAKS 200-POINT PLATEAU: All-American and two-time GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American forward Jenny Streiffer has scored 10 goals and assisted on seven goals in the last seven games to reach the 60-goals and 60-assist mark and move within one goal of becoming just the second player in NCAA Division I history to reach 70-70. Her goal against Dayton in the NCAA second round moved her career totals to 69 goals and 71 assists for 209 points, which are tied for 10th place on the NCAA Division I scoring list with Robin Confer (North Carolina, 1994-97). Streiffer is the 11th player in NCAA Division I history and first Notre Dame player to reach 200 points.
IRISH WIN FIFTH BIG EAST TITLE: Notre Dame used goals by three different players and took advantage of a Connecticut own goal to win its fifth consecutive BIG EAST championship with a 4-2 win over the 13th-ranked Huskies on Nov. 7, at Rutgers' Yurcak Field. Jenny Heft and freshman Ali Lovelace (Dallas, Ga.) tallied second-half goals to lead the Irish. Jenny Streiffer, who had a goal and an assist in each of Notre Dame's three wins in the conference championship, was named the BIG EAST championship most outstanding player. The Irish held only an 11-9 edge in shots over the Huskies at blustery Yurcak Field but scored on two of their first three shots in the second half to pull away from Connecticut. Notre Dame improves to 12-0-0 all-time in the BIG EAST championship, having beaten Connecticut in every final from 1995-99 for its five straight BIG EAST titles.
In the 5-0 semifinal win over Seton Hall, junior forward Meotis Erikson scored twice and assisted on two other goals to lead the Irish, while goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene saved a pair of Pirate shots in the first half to combined with sophomore Liz Wagner (Spring, Texas) for the shutout. The Irish held a 34-2 advantage in shots, including 18-0 in the second half. Notre Dame's defense held Seton Hall without a shot in the final 59:47 of the contest. Streiffer scored the game-winning goal at 6:13 with a header from five yards.
IRISH EARN ALL-BIG EAST HONORS: Led by 1999 BIG EAST defensive player of the year Jen Grubb, six of Notre Dame's 11 starters earned all-BIG EAST honors. Joining Grubb on the all-BIG EAST first team are senior forwards Jenny Heft and Jenny Streiffer and junior midfielder Anne Makinen. Makinen joined 1999 BIG EAST offensive player of the year Kelly Smith of Seton Hall as the only unanimous first-team selections. Senior goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene and senior defender Kara Brown were voted to the second team. Freshmen Nancy Mikacenic (Seattle, Wash.) and Vanessa Pruzinsky were named to the BIG EAST all-rookie team. Pruzinsky was the only unanimous selection to the all-rookie team. Notre Dame's six all-BIG EAST selections and four first-team selections lead all schools.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: The Irish have distributed their scoring evenly in 1999, with one 50-point scorer, two 40-point scorers, one 30-point scorer and two others with at least 20 points. Fourteen different players have scored at least one goal, while four players have at least 13 goals.
MAKINEN SETS SCORING STREAK RECORD: After not recording a point in the season-opening game against North Carolina, junior All-American midfielder Anne Makinen had at least one point in the next 12 games in which she played and currently has 13 goals and 11 assists for 37 points. Her streak reached 12 straight games with two goals and two assists against Wisconsin to break the school record for consecutive games with a point. Jenny Streiffer, Meotis Erikson and former Irish All-American Holly Manthei had recorded at least one point in 11 consecutive games to set the previous record. After scoring her first goal of the season against Duke, Makinen missed four games from Sept. 12-19, while playing with the Finnish national team. She had 11 goals and seven assists for 29 points in those 12 games. The streak was stopped when she did not have a goal or an assist against Indiana.
Irish Among BIG EAST Leaders: In addition to finishing 6-0 in the BIG EAST Mid-Atlantic division, winning its three cross-division games and winning the championship, Notre Dame stands among the BIG EAST statistical leaders. In all games played, the Irish have scored the most goals (95) and recorded the most assists (107). Individually, the Irish boast five of the top six scorers in BIG EAST games. Jenny Heft is the leading scorer with 3.5 points per BIG EAST game (nine goals and three assists in six games), while Jenny Streiffer is third with 2.7 points per game. Meotis Erikson and Anne Makinen are fourth with 2.2, while Jen Grubb is sixth with 1.7.
IRISH TAKE OFFENSE: After suffering their first shutout in 55 games in the 1-0 loss to SMU, the Irish have scored 79 goals in the 16 games since and at least four goals in 14 of the last 16 games. Notre Dame has totalled 95 goals in 22 games in 1999 for an average of 4.32 goals per game entering the week, third best in the NCAA entering the week.
GRUBB PASSES GOAL TOTAL: Irish senior All-American defender Jen Grubb's nine goals in 1999 surpass the six career goals she had scored entering her senior year. Grubb scored three as a freshman, two as a sophomore and one as a junior for a total of six goals. She also has eight assists in '99 to go along with her nine goals for 26 points, placing her fifth on the team in scoring. Five of her goals have come from free kicks against Santa Clara, Georgetown, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Butler. She had the first two-goal game of her career against Wisconsin.
BROWN LEADS IRISH IN ASSISTS: Senior defender Kara Brown recorded assists in six consecutive games before the BIG EAST final and has at least one point in seven of the last eight game and in nine of the last 11 games with a team-high 16 assists in 1999. Her 16 assists in her senior season have moved her into eighth place on Notre Dame career assist list with 40 assists during her Irish career and have her tied for fifth in the country with 0.73 assists per game, according to the latest NCAA national statistics. Her 16 assists eclipse her previous season-high 11 assists she had as a freshman midfielder in 1996.
FROSH PART OF IRISH SUCCESS: Notre Dame's class of 2003 has given the Irish major contributions this season. Defender Vanessa Pruzinsky has started all 22 games, while midfielder Nancy Mikacenic has started 20 games. Pruzinsky has assisted on five Irish goals, while Mikacenic scored the game-winning goal against Butler and has nine assists. Midfielder Ashley Dryer (Salt Lake City, Utah) has started 11 games and played in 20 games total with six assists, while forward Ali Lovelace has played in 18 games and scored twice against Miami in the BIG EAST quarterfinals and once against Connecticut in the BIG EAST final. Kate Morrel (Carmel, Ind.) and Emily Barnes (Redmond, Wash.) also have played in five games, with Morrel scoring her first career goal against Georgetown and adding an assist against West Virginia.
Goalkeeper Sani Post (Davis, Calif.) has played 174:16 behind LaKeysia Beene and has yet to allow a goal. She has two shared shutouts with Beene after playing the final 38:54 of Notre Dame's 5-0 win against Butler and the entire second half against Rutgers.
ERIKSON AMONG GOAL SCORERS: Junior forward Meotis Erikson already is listed among Notre Dame's most proficient goal scorers with her 46 career goals in just 70 games, an average of nearly two goals for every three games. She has scored 14 goals in 11 of Notre Dame's 22 games.
IRISH NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS: Notre Dame led the 1999 College Soccer Online Preseason All-America first team with four players selected to the 11-member team, more selections than any other school. Seniors LaKeysia Beene, Jen Grubb and Jenny Streiffer and junior Anne Makinen were selected to the team. Beene and Makinen also were named to Soccer America first team, with Grubb and Streiffer placed on the second team.
FOUR NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS: Senior All-Americans LaKeysia Beene, Jen Grubb and Jenny Streiffer and junior All-American Anne Makinen have been named four of the 15 finalists for the ninth annual Missouri Athletic Club Sports Foundation Collegiate Player of the Year award. Notre Dame leads all schools with four players among the finalists, while North Carolina, with two players, is the only other school with more than one finalist. With Seton Hall's Kelly Smith and Connecticut's Mary-Frances Monroe also among the finalists, the BIG EAST Conference accounts for more finalists with six than any other conference. Beene, Grubb, Makinen and Streiffer will be looking to become Notre Dame's first winner of the MAC award since former Irish All-American Cindy Daws was selected as the recipient following the 1996 season. Beene, Grubb and Streiffer also were finalists for the 1998 award, while Grubb and Streiffer were finalists as sophomores in 1997.
Three Irish women's soccer players also have been selected as three of 15 finalists for the 1999 Hermann Trophy, to be presented December 11, in Charlotte, N.C. Beene, Makinen and Streiffer join three players from North Carolina in leading the ballot. Makinen was a finalist for the '98 award, while Beene is the only goalkeeper among the finalists. Notre Dame has had one Hermann Trophy recipient in its history, Cindy Daws, who won the award in 1996.
IRISH HAVE BUSY SUMMER ON NATIONAL TEAMS: A number of current and former Irish women's soccer players had busy summers with national teams. Senior All-Americans LaKeysia Beene, Jen Grubb and Jenny Streiffer were part of the U.S. under-21 national team that won the 1999 Nordic Cup in Iceland. Streiffer, who tallied the game-winning goal in the '97 championship game against Norway, scored the game-tying goal in the championship game against Norway in the 85th-minute of the 2-1 overtime win. She also scored in the 22nd minute to lead the Americans to a 1-0 win over Finland in the opening round. Streiffer finished as the team's leading scorer with three goals and one assist in four games.
Former three-time Irish All-American Kate Sobrero played a key role in helping the U.S. claim its second FIFA Women's World Cup in 1999 as one of the youngest players on the roster. She started five of the six games the Americans played, missing only the Korea game when she rested a sore ankle after the U.S. already had clinched the top spot in its pool. Sobrero starred for the U.S. as the youngest starting defender on team.
Junior Monica Gonzalez and former all-time Irish leading scorer Monica Gerardo represented Mexico in that country's first appearance in the World Cup in '99. The Irish pair both started Mexico's first game against Brazil, while Gerardo, who wrapped up her career at Notre Dame following the 1998 season, also started against Italy.
NSCAA Top 25 (11/8)
|1. ||Santa Clara *||20-0-0||300||1|
|3. ||North Carolina *||19-2-0||275||3|
|5. ||NOTRE DAME||18-3-0||250||6|
|6. ||Penn State||18-3-1||241||5|
|10.||William & Mary||18-3-1||180||12|
|11.||Texas A&M *||15-4-1||175||10|
* indicates 1999 Notre Dame opponents
Soccer Times Top 25 (11/8)
|1.||Santa Clara * (12)||20-0-0||300||1|
|2.||North Carolina *||19-2-0||279||2|
|10.||William & Mary||18-3-1||169||15|
|16.||Texas A&M *||15-4-1||125||14|
* indicates 1999 Notre Dame opponents
IRISH CAREER RECORDS
|1.||Jenny Heft, 1996-||92||80|
|2.||Monica Gerardo, 1995-98||98||73|
|3.||Jenny Streiffer, 1996-||96||69|
|4.||Cindy Daws, 1993-96||94||61|
|5.||Michelle McCarthy, 1992-95||89||59|
|6.||Rosella Guerrero, 1992-95||91||55|
|7.||Anne Makinen, 1997-||62||51|
|8.||Meotis Erickson 1997-||72||46|
|9.||Alison Lester, 1990-93||81||45|
|10.||Susie Zilvitis, 1988-91||82||43|
|1.||Holly Manthei, 1994-97||99||128|
|2.||Jenny Streiffer, 1996-||96||71|
|3.||Cindy Daws, 1993-96||94||67|
|4.||Shannon Boxx, 1995-98||101||57|
|5.||Jen Grubb, 1996-||95||52|
|6.||Monica Gerardo, 1995-98||98||44|
|7.||Kate Fisher, 1993-96||98||41|
|8.||Kara Brown, 1996-||95||40|
|Michelle McCarthy, 1992-95||89||38|
|10.||Ragen Coyne, 1992-95||62||37|
|Tiffany Thompson, 1991-94||86||37|
|1.||Jenny Streiffer, 1996-||69||71||209|
|2.||Monica Gerardo, 1995-98||73||44||190|
|3.||Cindy Daws, 1993-96||61||67||189|
|Jenny Heft, 1996-||80||29||189|
|5.||Holly Manthei, 1994-97||24||128||176|
|6.||Michelle McCarthy, 1992-95||59||38||156|
|7.||Rosella Guerrero, 1992-95||55||32||142|
|Anne Makinen, 1997-||51||40||142|
|9.||Shannon Boxx, 1995-98||39||57||135|
|10.||Alison Lester, 1990-93||45||36||126|
Irish in NCAA statistics
3. Notre Dame 4.32
6. Notre Dame .864
T4. Notre Dame vs. Georgetown 10
Points Per Game
Goals Per Game
13. Jenny Heft 0.91
ASSISTS Per Game
Irish in NCAA Championship
|Jenny Heft (13))||9-0-18||2|
|Anne Makinen (8)||5-6-16||0|
|Jenny Streiffer (12)||5-4-14||1|
|Kara Brown (13)||3-7-13||0|
|Meotis Erikson (8)||3-4-10||1|
|Monica Gonzalez (5)||2-1-5||0|
|Jen Grubb (13)||0-5-5||0|
|Kelly Lindsey (8)||1-3-5||0|
|Mia Sarkesian (2)||0-1-1||0|
|LaKeysia Beene||740||26/7||0.85||3 (1)|