Nov. 29, 2007
With the Notre Dame women's soccer team preparing for Friday night's NCAA quarterfinal versus Duke (7:00 p.m., at Alumni Field), the Irish will be looking to make more history one week after an exciting 3-2 win at North Carolina. Extensive research into the record books has confirmed that the goals in that game by Brittany Bock and Michele Weissenhofer - separated by only 14 seconds - are the quickest back-to-back goals by the same team in the 26-year history of the NCAA women's soccer tournament. It also is tied for the 11th-fastest back-to-back goals in any D-I women's soccer game and is the second-quickest in the 20-year history of the Notre Dame women's soccer program, bested only by the scores from classmates Anne Makinen and Meotis Erikson in a 12-second span of a 1998 win over Georgetown.
Here's a look at the many levels of unique status that surround Notre Dame's two-goal flurry at UNC:
No previous game in NCAA Tournament history (including the other 55 games this season) has seen goals scored by one team so quickly in back-to-back fashion ... entering the 2007 season, there were 23 entries in the NCAA record book for D-I women's soccer teams that scored back-to-back goals in 16 seconds or quicker and none of them happened in the NCAAs ... there also were entries for 18 games that have seen opposing teams score within 15 seconds or quicker (again, none of them coming in the NCAAs) ... interestingly, the NCAA record for quickest back-to-back goals by opposing teams (0:06) is shared by two games and one of them involves another BIG EAST team - Connecticut - which saw Kristen Graczyk's goal vs. Yale on Nov. 1, 2001, answered right away by a goal from Yale's Chandra King.
Prior to the ND-UNC game, the quickest back-to-back goals in the 2007 NCAAs had been scored by Georgia (0:26) in its first-round win over Alabama A&M (by Rachel Barstow at 69:49 and Mariah Krase at 70:15, to cap that 6-1 win) ... one of Notre Dame's fellow BIG EAST teams owns the third-quickest goal sequence of the 2007 NCAAs - by West Virginia's Ashley Banks (75:08) and Deana Everett (75:36) in the second-round win over James Madison (2-0).
Aside from the Bock-Weissenhofer quick strike, the only quicker back-to-back goals in Notre Dame history came more than nine years ago, in an 8-0 home win over Georgetown on Oct. 4, 1998 ... Makinen ripped home a 21-yard, far-post shot from the top right corner of the box (72:09; the ball hit off the left post and went in) and Erikson then scored at 72:21, after stripping the ball away on a quick Georgetown goal kick and firing a shot into the upper right corner ... Makinen and Erikson, like Weissenhofer, were budding sophomore stars at the time of their record-setting two-goal flurry.
Notre Dame actually has registered quick back-to-back goals in each of the past three weeks ... in the BIG EAST semifinal win over Georgetown on Nov. 9, Bock (28:16) and Rose Augustin (28:54) scored 38 seconds apart for the only goals in that game (the 38-second span ranks 19th in ND history) ... one week later (Nov. 16), Carrie Dew and Bock scored only 75 seconds apart for the final two goals in the NCAA first-round win over Loyola Chicago (3-0) ... Bock was in the thick of things for the third straight week at UNC, heading in a flip-throw from Weissenhofer at the 12:41 mark (Kerri Hanks then capitalized on UNC's faulty kickoff and fired the ball down the center of the field, setting up the goal for the hustling Weissenhofer after the `keeper failed to control the ball at the top of the box).
Based on the NCAA record-book listings (heading into the 2007 season), Notre Dame and Mississippi are the only D-I teams ever to score back-to-back goals in 14 seconds or quicker during two different games (ND's are in the '98 game vs. GU and last week at UNC) ... the goals by Makinen and Erikson are tied for seventh-quickest (0:12) in the NCAA record book, with five of the six higher on the list featuring both goals by the same player ... in yet another BIG EAST connection, Rutgers and Notre Dame share the record for quickest back-to-back goals by teammates in a game involving two D-I opponents (RU's Carli Lloyd and Keri Lages scored 12 seconds apart, in a 2001 game vs. La Salle) ... two Drake players scored 11 seconds apart in 1998, but that came vs. North Dakota State (a non D-I team at the time) ... the Bock- Weissenhofer sequence is tied for the fourth-quickest ever by D-I women's soccer teammates ... there have been only four quicker back-to-back goals in D-I games during the current decade (two of them done by the same player) ... here is the updated list:
Quickest Back-To-Back Goals by One Team in Division I Women's Soccer History
Notre Dame's 20-year history of Division I women's soccer includes 28 times when the Irish have scored back-to-back goals in 45 seconds or quicker ... those 28 sets of quick-strikes include two times when ND has scored quick back-to-back goals twice in the same game: vs. Tri-State in 1989 (0:17 span and later in 0:31) and in 1998 vs. Wisconsin (in 0:20 and 0:45) ... the 28 pairs of quick-strike goals also include two times (both in the BIG EAST quarterfinals) when the Irish have scored three quick back-to-back goals: vs. St. John's in 2003 (56:27 by Lizzie Reed; 57:02 and 57:45 by Katie Thorlakson) and vs. Georgetown in 2005 (by Bock at 65:55, Thorlakson at 66:15 and Annie Schefter at 66:46) ... ND's three goals in a span of 0:51 vs. GU in that '05 game represent the NCAA record for quickest three back-to-back goals by one team (ND scored three in 1:18 in the '03 game vs. SJU).
Bock has been part of three different quick-strike sequences (among the 28 on the list below): vs. Georgetown in '05 and then vs. GU and UNC in '07 ... Thorlakson shows up on that list six times, followed by Cindy Daws (5), Monica Gerardo (4), Bock (3) and Jenny Heft (3)
There had been only one previous game in ND women's soccer history where the Irish scored back-to-back goals in 45 seconds or quicker when facing a top-25 opponent: in the 1996 win over #13 Washington (4-0 win capped by goals from Gerardo and Daws, in 37-second span of 78th/79th minutes).
The 28 quick-strike sequences listed below include only three others that have come on the opponent's field: at Indiana in 1993 (0:17; by Alison Lester and Daws); at Boston College in 1996 (0:34; by Jen Grubb and Shannon Boxx); and at Louisville in 2005 (own-goal and PK by Kerri Hanks).
Many of the games on the ND quick-strike list came in blowouts (and often at the end of those games) ... in fact, all of the other 23 games on the of the list were decided by more than one goal and only one had a two-goal margin (the 2-0 win over GU in the '07 BIG EAST semifinals)
There are only three other games on the list when the two-goal flurry has opened the scoring: vs. Xavier in 1995 (ND went on to an easy 6-0 win); vs. Villanova in the 1997 BIG EAST semifinals (7-0); and the 2005 game at Louisville, which saw ND suddenly go up 2-0 right before halftime (en route to a 3-0 win) ... the 1993 game at Indiana was 1-0 before the Irish struck twice early in the second half (5-1 final) ... Georgetown tied ND in the final game of the 2005 regular season (1-1) but the Irish then answered with the three goals in 51 seconds (6-1 final).
Two-thirds of the quick-strike sequences (18 of 28) have come in the second half ... of the 10 in the first half, only two have come earlier in a game than Bock-Weissenhofer at UNC (13th minute): the 1989 game vs. non Division-I opponent Tri-State and the 1997 BIG EAST semifinal vs. Villanova (both in the 6th/7th minutes).
Quickest Back-To-Back Goals in Notre Dame Women's Soccer History