Aug. 21, 1999
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The seventh-ranked Notre Dame women’s soccer team used a balanced lineup to score twice in each half for a 4-0 win over 21st-ranked Stanford in an exhibition game at Alumni Field. Irish senior All-Americans Jenny Streiffer and Jen Grubb each scored in the first half. Junior Iris Lancaster and senior Jenny Heft added second-half goals for the Irish, who outshot the Cardinal 10-7 in the game after holding Stanford to just one shot until the 77th minute. Notre Dame opens the regular season on Sept. 3, against top-ranked North Carolina at Alumni Field in the KeyBank Soccer Classic.
Cardinal Erin Mauer launched the first shot of the game in the 14th minute with a hard shot just inside the top of the box that Irish senior All-American goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene stopped for her only save of the game. Streiffer put the Irish on the board in the 21st minute when she scored from five yards out from a pass from junior and Mexican national team member Monica Gonzalez from the right side that slipped past extended Stanford goalkeeper Carly Smolak. Grubb headed in a corner kick from senior Kara Brown in the 35th minute for a 2-0 lead.
Lancaster scored just 3:42 into the second half when she settled and fired a pass from Heft that looped over the back line into the box. Heft then closed out the scoring in the 58th minute on a pass from freshman Nancy Mikacenic that split the Cardinal back line just past midfield. Stanford goalkeeper Wendi Whitman came off her line to block Heft’s initial shot before Heft punched in the loose rebound for the goal.
The Cardinal’s best scoring chance came in the 80th minute when Callie Withers’ shot from the right wing from 15 yards bounced off the left post. Irish freshman goalkeeper Sani Post made three saves in 18 minutes of action while facing six Stanford shots in the final 13:29 of the game.
The Irish used 20 players in the game and nine different players on defense, Brown, junior Kelly Lindsey, freshman Vanessa Pruzinsky, Mikacenic, sophomore Lindsey Jones, junior Kerri Bakker, freshman Emily Barnes and freshman Kate Morrel. Beene, sophomore Elizabeth Wagner and Post combined to make four saves in goal. Notre Dame played without two-time All-American Anne Makinen, who is playing with the Finnish national team and returns to Notre Dame next week.