Jan. 13, 2000
ADELAIDE, Australia – Notre Dame senior All-American goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene and junior defender Kelly Lindsey played all 90 minutes and senior All-American Jenny Streiffer started and assisted on the game?s first goal as the U.S. beat host Australia 3-1 on Thursday at Hindmarsh Stadium to finish the tournament with a 2-0-1 record. The Americans won the tournament based on a goals difference of nine to four over Sweden as both teams went 2-0-1. Streiffer scored twice and added an assist in the first game, an 8-1 win over the Czech Republic. Beene recorded her first international shutout in a 0-0 tie with Sweden in the second game for the Americans.
Against the Australians, Streiffer set up the first American goal in the 13th minute when she bent a cross from the right side to the far post. A sliding Sherrill Kester knocked the ball into the net from 16 yards out past the Australian goalkeeper. The U.S. took advantage of an Australia own goal in the 34th minute for what would be the game-winning goal of the 3-1 win.
The Americans finished with a 20-6 advantage in shots and a 10-5 edge in corner kicks. Beene made three saves in the game and preserved the American lead with a pair of notable stops in the second half. She came to the edge of the box to clear an Australian chance in the 58th minute and fully extended herself a save a blast in the 85th minute.
Beene finished with a 0.67 goals against average for the tournament, as she played every minute of every game and allowed just two goals in her first appearances with the U.S. full national team. Lindsey and Beene were two of just three players to play in all 270 minutes. Streiffer totalled playing time in 195 minutes, second among all forwards on the roster.
Beene capped her goalkeeping career at Notre Dame with a 0.63 career goals against average, the lowest in Irish history. After blanking eighth-ranked Stanford 1-0 in the NCAA third round, Beene helped the Irish reach the NCAA Women?s College Cup final with a semifinal shutout of top-ranked Santa Clara, the nation?s highest-scoring team. She was named to the Women?s College Cup all-tournament team for her performance. Beene totalled 6971 minutes in her career with a 65-8-3 record.
Lindsey recovered from surgery on both knees following the 1998 season and sat out all of the spring practice season in 1999. Her solid play as a central defender was a major part of Notre Dame?s success during the 1999 season. After her recovery slowed her during the start of the season, Lindsey finished the season by playing in 24 of 26 games, starting 22. She helped the Irish advance to the NCAA Women?s College Cup by converting the decisive penalty kick in the NCAA quarterfinals at fourth-ranked Nebraska.
Streiffer capped her senior season as the teams? leading scorer with 19 goals and 15 assists for 53 points, earning her All-America honors for the second time in her career. The 1999 BIG EAST championship most outstanding player finished her Notre Dame career as its all-time leading scorer with 70 goals and 71 assists for 211 points. Also a two-time GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American, Streiffer joined Mia Hamm as the only NCAA Division I women?s soccer players to score 70 goals and assist on 70 goals in a career.