NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Two former greats for the Notre Dame women’s soccer team have been named finalists for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2021. Shannon Boxx (‘99) and Kate Sobrero Markgraf (’98) are both on the final ballots that will be voted on by the Voting Committees beginning on February 5th.
Boxx played in 101 matches over her Irish career and was on the first national championship team back in 1995. She achieved a ton of success with the Women’s National Team, winning three Olympic gold medals in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Boxx was also a member of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champions squad prior to announcing her retirement after the tournament.
Markgraf was also a member of the Irish national championship team back in 1995 and was named the defensive MVP. She was a three-time All-American after playing in 97 games for the Irish. In her time with the national team, she was a starter on the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup squad and won gold at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Markgraf is currently working for the Women’s National Team as their first ever General Manager and she has been in that role since 2019.
Markgraf and Boxx are one of just two of 18 players to win an NCAA National Championship and FIFA World Cup. The voting will end on February 10th and the Hall of Fame Class will be announced shortly thereafter.