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Irish Return Home To Face BIG EAST Opponents, No. 15 Michigan

Sept. 28, 1999

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The sixth-ranked Notre Dame women?s soccer team concluded its four-game road trip with wins at Seton Hall and Rutgers and returns home to play four home games in the span of eight days beginning this weekend against BIG EAST Conference Mid-Atlantic division opponents Georgetown and Villanova. The Irish play host to Michigan on Tues., Oct. 5, in a game televised locally on WHME-TV.

THIS WEEK FOR THE IRISH: Notre Dame returns home for three games in five days with a pair of BIG EAST Mid-Atlantic division games against Georgetown on Fri., Oct. 1, and Villanova on Sun., Oct. 3, and a non-conference game against Michigan on Tues., Oct. 5. The Hoyas entered the week with a 5-4-0 record before playing Howard and have a 0-1-0 record in the BIG EAST. Junior Liz Delgado leads Georgetown with six goals. The Irish have won all four meetings with the Hoyas since 1995.

Sunday?s game features Notre Dame and Villanova, the two teams currently atop the early standings in the BIG EAST Mid-Atlantic division with 2-0-0 records. The Wildcats travel to Rutgers and Wisconsin-Milwaukee before heading to Alumni Field for Sunday?s 1:00 p.m. game. Senior Lauren Sellers stands second in the BIG EAST in scoring with seven goals and seven assists for 21 points. Sophomore goalkeeper Janel Schillig has four shutouts this season and has been honored as the BIG EAST goalkeeper of the week three times in 1999. The Irish have won all six meetings with Villanova, including a 5-0 win in 1998 when Schillig made 25 saves, the most of any goalkeeper in the country last year.

The Irish welcome 15th-ranked Michigan to Alumni Field for a 4:00 p.m. game on Tues., Oct. 5, that will be televised locally on WHME-TV. The Wolverines currently have a 6-2-1 record before a pair of games against Indiana and Purdue this weekend. Freshman Abby Crumpton leads Michigan with five goals and two assists for 12 points. The Irish lead the all-time series with the Wolverines 4-0-0 and 3-0-0 since Michigan has fielded a varsity team. Two of the wins came last year as Notre Dame won 1-0 in double overtime at Michigan and 3-0 at Alumni Field in the NCAA championship second round.

GRUBB NAMED BIG EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame senior All-American women?s soccer captain Jen Grubb (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) has been named BIG EAST Conference defensive player of the week after scoring twice in Notre Dame?s wins at Seton Hall and Rutgers this past weekend. The 1998 BIG EAST defensive player of the year and 1999 BIG EAST preseason defensive player of the year converted a pair of free kicks for goals in the 4-2 win at Seton Hall and the 4-0 win at Rutgers.

Against Rutgers, Grubb, currently fourth on the team in scoring with three goals and two assists for eight points, helped the defense in holding the Scarlet Knights to four shots without a shot on goal. The defensive-player-of-the-week honor is the second for the Irish in 1999 after Kara Brown (Avon, Conn.) earned the award on Sept. 13. This marks the sixth time in her career that Grubb has been named BIG EAST defensive player of the week after three selections in 1998 and two in 1997.

STREIFFER APPROACHES RARE 60-60 PLATEAU: All-American and two-time GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American Jenny Streiffer (Baton Rouge, La.) needs just four more goals to join former Irish All-American Cindy Daws as one of just four players in NCAA history to reach 60 goals and 60 assists. Streiffer became just the ninth player in NCAA women?s soccer history to score 50 goals and record 50 assists as a junior in 1998. Streiffer currently has 56 goals and 60 assists after scoring one goal and recording three assists this past weekend at Seton Hall and Rutgers.

MAKINEN RETURNS IN STYLE: Junior All-American midfielder Anne Makinen (Helsinki, Finland) wasted no time in making her presence felt in returning to the Notre Dame lineup against Seton Hall and Rutgers after missing the previous four games while playing with the Finnish national team in Yugoslavia. With Notre Dame holding a 3-2 lead against the Pirates, Makinen made a run through the midfield to the top of the box where freshman Nancy Mikacenic lofted a pass to Makinen from just beyond midfield. Makinen ran unto the ball and volleyed the ball over Seton Hall?s charging goalkeeper to score an insurance goal in the 75th minute. Makinen dribbled through a pair of Rutgers defenders and beat the goalkeeper to score the game-winning goal against the Scarlet Knights in the 16th minute. She took three shots in the second half, two were saved at point-blank range and another blast from 25 yards smacked down and out off the crossbar. Notre Dame averaged 1.5 goals per game during the four games she missed — St. John?s, Butler, Texas A&M and SMU — and 3.5 during the four games she has started — North Carolina, Duke, Seton Hall and Rutgers.

WEEK IN REVIEW: Notre Dame won the battle of the BIG EAST Conference Mid-Atlantic division preseason favorites with a 4-2 win at Seton Hall on Fri., Sept. 24. The Irish, picked first in a vote of BIG EAST coaches, scored a pair of goals in each half by four different players. Senior All-American Jenny Streiffer added two assists for the Irish. First-half goals by Jen Grubb and Streiffer gave Notre Dame a 2-0 halftime lead. Grubb converted a free kick from 22 yards at 13:09 after Makinen was fouled just outside the box for Grubb’s second goal of the season and second from a free kick. Streiffer then dribbled through the midfield just inside the box before dropping a pass back to Heft, who fired a shot into the lower right corner of the net at 18:12. Junior Meotis Erikson (Kennewick, Wash.) scored on a bicycle kick in the 54th minute to put the Irish ahead 3-0 before Seton Hall scored twice in 10 minutes to cut the lead to 3-2. Junior All-American midfielder Anne Makinen added a score in the 75th minute for the game’s final goal when she volleyed a pass from midfield from freshman midfielder Nancy Mikacenic (Seattle, Wash.) over Seton Hall’s extended goalkeeper at 74:09.

The Irish used a goal and two assists from Streiffer for a 4-0 win at Rutgers on Sunday. The Irish outshot the Scarlet Knights 23-4 in the contest and did not allow Rutgers to put a shot on goal. Makinen opened the scoring when she dribbled through a pair of Rutgers defenders and scored past the Scarlet Knight’s extended goalkeeper. Streiffer slipped a ball through the midfield to Makinen to assist on the game-winning goal for the second consecutive game. Grubb scored on her third free kick of the season and second in as many games when she scored from 25 yards out into the upper left corner of the net at 33:09 for a 2-0 lead. Streiffer converted a penalty kick at 37:27 after she was fouled by Uchenna Bright attempting to make a turn in the box for a 3-0 halftime lead. Junior forward Meotis Erikson scored the only goal of the second half when Streiffer slipped a ball through the backline to Erikson just outside the box.

HEAD COACH RANDY WALDRUM: Randy 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 and Big 12 Conference coach of the year. 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 boasts an overall career record of 183-105-19 in 17 total seasons before coming to Notre Dame.

THREE NAMED HERMANN TROPHY FINALISTS: Three Irish women?s soccer players have been selected as three of 15 finalists for the 1999 Hermann Trophy, to be presented December 11, in Charlotte, N.C. Senior All-Americans LaKeysia Beene (Gold River, Calif.) and Jenny Streiffer and junior All-American Anne Makinen 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.

BEENE CONTINUES RECORD-SETTING PACE: Irish senior All-American goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene continues her record-setting pace in goal for Notre Dame with her 0.54 career goals against average. That average currently stands seventh-best all-time in NCAA history, just ahead of former Massachusetts? goalkeeper and current U.S. national team goalkeeper Brianna Scurry?s 0.56 from 1990-93. Former Irish All-American Jen Renola stands 11th on the NCAA list and first in Irish history with a 0.69 career goals against average.

FROSH SPARK IRISH: Notre Dame?s class of 2003 has given the Irish major contributions in their eight games this season. Freshmen Nancy Mikacenic and Vanessa Pruzinsky (Trumbull, Conn.) have started all eight games. Ashley Dryer (Salt Lake City, Utah) has started the last two games and played in eight games total, while Ali Lovelace (Dallas, Ga.) has played in five games. Kate Morrel (Carmel, Ind.) and Emily Barnes (Redmond, Wash.) also have played in two games.

Goalkeeper Sani Post (Davis, Calif.) has played 110:54 behind LaKeysia Beene and has yet to allow a goal. She has two shared shutout with Beene after playing the final 38:54 of Notre Dame?s 5-0 win against Butler and the entire second half against Rutgers. She also played against Duke, making two saves, including a diving save, in the 4-1 win.

HEFT EYES SCORING RECORD, SURPASSES DAWS: Thanks to a single-season school record 28 goals last year and with three goals in ?99, senior Jenny Heft needs 17 more goals in her senior season to become just the 11th player in NCAA women?s soccer history to score 80 career goals. She entered her final year with 60 goals and 21 assists for 141 points, the seventh-most points in Irish history. Heft?s 63 goals are second most in Notre Dame history. Her 62nd goal against St. John?s moved her past Cindy Daws? 61 goals for second place. She remains on pace to break the record of 73 career goals that Monica Gerardo set just last year.

IRISH NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS: Notre Dame leads 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.

IRISH IN BIG EAST PLAY: Notre Dame opened its fifth season of BIG EAST women?s soccer competition this weekend against Seton Hall and Rutgers and improved its record in BIG EAST regular season games to 38-2-1. The Irish have won the BIG EAST championship all four years with a 9-0-0 record in claiming those four conference crowns.

BIG EAST Standings

Mid-Atlantic Division

   School         ?99 BIG EAST  ?99 overall1. Notre Dame      2-0-0         6-2-01. Villanova       2-0-0         8-2-03. Rutgers         1-1-0         5-3-03. Seton Hall      1-1-0         5-4-05. Georgetown      0-1-0         5-4-05. West Virginia   0-1-0         5-4-07. Pittsburgh      0-2-0         2-6-0

Northeast Division

   School         ?99 BIG EAST  ?99 overall1. Connecticut     2-0-0         5-4-02. Boston College  1-0-0         6-2-03. Miami           1-1-0         6-3-04. Providence      1-1-0         2-5-05. Syracuse        0-1-0         5-4-16. St. John?s      0-2-0         4-3-1

NSCAA Top 25

    Team              Record  Points  Last Wk. 1. Santa Clara *     9-0-0   300      1 2. Florida           9-0-0   288      3 3. North Carolina *  7-2-0   274      2 4. Nebraska          8-1-1   253      4 5. Penn State        6-2-1   250      5 6. NOTRE DAME        6-2-0   239      6 7. USC               6-2-0   222     T7 8. Texas A&M *       9-1-0   218      9 9. UCLA              8-1-0   191     1310. Virginia          6-2-0   189     1711. Wake Forest       7-1-0   163     1612. BYU               8-1-0   162     1013. Hartford          5-1-1   155     T714. Baylor            7-2-0   141     1415. Michigan *        6-2-1   123     2215. Clemson           6-3-1   123     NR17. Stanford          5-3-0   105     2318. Richmond          6-2-1    93     1119. Connecticut *     5-4-0    84     NR20. Missouri          7-2-0    71     2421. Kentucky          6-2-1    61     NR22. Boston College    6-2-0    40     1823. William & Mary    7-2-0    35     2524. San Diego         8-1-0    32     NR25. SMU *             6-3-0    25     NR

* indicates 1999 Notre Dame opponents

Soccer Times Top 25

    Team               Record  Points  Last Wk. 1. Santa Clara * (12) 9-0-0   300      1 2. Florida            9-0-0   287      2 3. North Carolina *   7-2-0   273      3 4. Penn State         6-2-1   255      4 5. Nebraska           8-1-1   253      5 6. Notre Dame         6-2-0   234      6 7. USC                6-2-0   224      7 8. UCLA               8-1-1   202      9 9. Virginia           6-2-0   195     1310. BYU                8-1-0   194     1010. Texas A&M *        9-1-0   194     1112. Hartford           5-1-1   155      813. Wake Forest        7-1-0   150     1414. Clemson            6-3-1   130     1615. Stanford           5-3-0   129     1216. Baylor             7-2-0   113     1917. Connecticut *      5-4-0    72     2018. Missouri           7-2-0    71     2119. Richmond           6-2-1    64     1820. Michigan *         6-2-1    49     NR21. Duke *             5-5-0    48     1522. California         6-2-1    44     2323. Georgia            7-2-1    39     1724. Harvard            4-1-0    32     2424. Boston College     6-2-0    32     NR

* indicates 1999 Notre Dame opponents