Oct. 18, 1998
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — The Seton Hall womens soccer team scored on two counter attacks and a penalty kick, and second-ranked Notre Dame managed just two goals on 29 shots as the Irish lost to an unranked team for first time since Creighton beat Notre Dame 2-0 1990, a span of 183 games. The loss also snapped Notre Dames 37-game conference unbeaten streak, dating back to a 5-4 overtime loss to Connecticut in 1995. The Irish fall to 12-2-1 and 7-1-1 in the BIG EAST while Seton Hall improves to 8-4-1 and 5-2-1.
Irish forward Jenny Heft put Notre Dame ahead 1-0 at 7:18 when she volleyed in a corner kick from defender Jen Grubb. Notre Dame could not capitalize on any of its other 13 shots in the first half. Jenny Streiffer hit the right post in the 15th minute of the game, and Shannon Boxx hit the left post in the 30th minute of the game as the Irish led 1-0 at halftime with a 14-2 advantage in shots.
Pirate forward Kelly Smith converted a penalty kick at 52:17 to tie the game, and Courtney Wood finished a counter attack with a pass from Smith at 61:54 to give Seton Hall a 2-1 lead.
Irish midfielder Anne Makinen nearly tied the game in the 75th minute with a blast from the top of the box but Seton Halls Leslie Smith made a save on the line to preserve the lead.
Heft scored the equalizer at 77:45 when she headed in another Grubb corner kick. The Irish could not score again and finished with a 15-2 advantage in shots in the second half as Notre Dame, on the heels of a 1-1 tie at Connecticut on Fri., Oct. 16, played consecutive overtime games for the first time since playing three straight during the 1995 season.
Notre Dame went on the offensive early, earning a corner kick in the first minute of overtime. The Pirates, however, cleared the corner kick from the box and scored on another counter attack. Michelle Tacey found Wood on the left wing from 15 yards out. Wood fired into the lower right corner of the net to end the game at 91:09.
The Pirates, who had five shots in the game, scored on their final three shots after missing their two shots in the first half. Notre Dame finished with a 29-5 advantage in shots, 7-1 advantage in corners, while Seton Hall had 13 fouls to Notre Dames 6.
Notre Dame returns to action on Fri., Oct. 23, at Michigan.