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Irish Helps U.S. Beat Germany 3-0 At Nordic Cup

Aug. 5, 1999

BORGARNES, Iceland – The United States under-21 women’s soccer team blanked Germany 3-0 on Wednesday in the second round of the 1999 Nordic Cup in Borgarnes, Iceland. Notre Dame seniors Jenny Streiffer and Jen Grubb each started and played the entire game. Irish senior goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene sat out the game after recording a 1-0 shutout against Finland in the first round.

Streiffer, who scored the game-winning goal against Finland, assisted on the Americans’ second goal against the Germans. The U.S. outshot Germany 17-9 in the contest and had 10 corner kicks to Germany’s three. The U.S. takes on Denmark on Friday in its final game of Group 2.

The victory over Germany, which featured six players from its 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup team, put the Americans in position to earn a spot in the championship game as a win, a tie or a one-goal loss against Denmark on Friday would win Group 2 for the Americans and a spot in the gold-medal game. Norway, which the U.S. beat in the 1997 title game on a sudden-goal by Streiffer and came back to beat the Americans in the 1998 title game, lead Group 1 and look to be the Americans’ opponent once again.