October 30, 1998
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Germantown, Wis., native, Jenny Heft tied two Notre Dame records with her third hat trick of the season and the fifth of her career to lead the fifth-ranked Notre Dame women’s soccer team to a 6-1 win over visiting Wisconsin on Friday at Alumni Field. Heft score the game’s first goal at 8:23 and added a pair in the second half to bring her season goal total to 25, just one behind Cindy Daws’ single-season school record of 26. Heft joins former Irish forward Rosella Guerrero for the most career hat tricks with five and matches Daws’ three hat tricks in 1996 as the most in one season.
Notre Dame took a 2-0 lead into halftime, but Wisconsin scored just five minutes into the second half to cut the lead to 2-1. The Irish then scored twice in 20 seconds in the 66th minute to break the game open. Notre Dame, which out shot Wisconsin 18-6 in the game, added two more goals in 45 seconds in the 81st minute for the 6-1 win, its ninth consecutive win against the Badgers and 35th straight win against a Big 10 team. The Irish scored on six of 18 shots to improve to 15-2-1 on the season, while the Badgers fall to 9-6-2. The game marked the 200th game in the nine-year career of Irish head coach Chris Petrucelli, who has a 169-21-10 record at Notre Dame since 1990.
Heft struck first for the Irish on Notre Dame’s first shot of the game at 8:23. Sophomore midfielder Anne Makinen slipped a ball through the Badger backline, and Heft beat a Wisconsin defender to the ball. She scored from 12 yards out on the left wing with a shot lofted over the keeper’s in the center of the net.
Makinen helped set up the second Irish goal of the first half when she received a long service from Irish defender Jen Grubb to the right sideline. Makinen drove down the sideline and served a cross to senior forward Monica Gerardo. Gerardo volleyed in the cross from five yards in front of the net at 14:16 for the game-winning goal and her school-record 65th career goal on Notre Dame second shot of the game.
Wisconsin scored quickly in the second half at 49:56 when freshman Jennifer Wright booted in her own rebound off a corner kick. Wright fired a shot off the corner kick from 15 yards on the right wing which ricocheted off Irish defender Kelly Lindsey. The rebound came right back to Wright, who booted the ball into the lower right corner of the net for the score.
Junior midfielder Jenny Streiffer and Heft then scored back-to-back goals at 65:07 and 65:27 at break open the game. Streiffer blasted a left-footed shot off the crossbar from the top of the box, and senior midfielder Shannon Boxx won the ball off the kickoff and passed a through ball to Heft, who snuck the ball past the charging keeper in the lower right corner of the net.
Heft and junior forward Iris Lancaster then scored at 80:04 and 80:49 for the game’s final goals. Heft booted in a cross from the right endline from freshman midfielder Lindsey Jones, who received the ball from a cross over the goal area from freshman midfielder Mia Sarkesian from the left endline.
Lancaster closed out the scoring with a volley from another cross from Jones. Notre Dame closes out the regular season on Sun., Nov. 1, with a BIG EAST matchup against Syracuse. The Irish begin defense of their BIG EAST title on Tues., Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m., when they play host to a BIG EAST championship quarterfinal game at Alumni Field with the opponent yet to be determined.