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Borisjuk goal, Yatrakis’ nine saves allow UConn to shock Nebraska 1-0.

LINCOLN, Neb. (Friday, November 17, 2000) -- Alexa Borisjuk scored in the 38th minute, giving No. 14 Connecticut a 1-0 upset of second-ranked Nebraska in an NCAA tournament third-round match tonight before 661 fans who braved 25-degree temperatures at Abbott Sports Complex.

Though Nebraska, the tournament’s fourth seed, outshot UConn 20-16, the Huskies managed the game's lone goal after Sarah Popper headed a clear by goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc from midfield back toward goal. Borisjuk, a junior forward, collected the ball at the top right of the penalty area and fired a shot past LeBlanc.

"We definitely didn't look past this game at all, but we didn't think it was going to end here," Nebraska junior forward Kelly Rheem said. "It's tough, especially thinking that we'll never play with these seniors here again."

UConn (17-6-2), will face the winner of Virginia’s Saturday visit to North Carolina in the quarterfinals next weekend. Nebraska, second in the nation in scoring with more than four goals per game suffered its first shutout of the season despite taking six corner kicks to none by the Huskies.

"Anytime you're down a goal against a good team, it's tough," Nebraska coach John Walker said. "They're an excellent team. In terms of talent and ability to move the ball, they're probably as good as anybody."

The Huskers (22-2) came close to tying in the 85th minute after UConn sophomore goalkeeper Maria Yatrakis dropped a ball into a scramble in the box. Junior forward Danica Carey and sophomore midfielder Kori Saunders both fired shots that were deflected by Huskies defender.

"It was my error, but I was lucky enough to have my team behind me," Yatrakis told the Hartford Courant. "Nebraska was pressing a lot at the end, but we stayed in the back and played our game."

NU also came close to scoring in the fist half on a fast break by sophomore forward Christine Latham, who ended up sliding into a diving Yatrakis just wide of the right post. Yatrakis made nine saves for the Huskies for her eighth shutout of the year.

LeBlanc made three saves, finishing the season with a goals-against average of 0.40 -- the best in school history. She finished her career with a goals-against average of 0.54, which ranks seventh in NCAA history. NU also recorded a school-record 16 shutouts this year.


[1] Notre Dame 2, Harvard 0

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Senior forward Meotis Erikson set up goals by senior midfielder Anne Makinen and junior midfielder Mia Sarkesian with corner kicks while the Notre Dame defense turned in another strong showing, leading the top-ranked Irish past Harvard 2-0 before 843 at Alumni Field.

Notre Dame (22-0-1) advanced to the quarterfinals for an seventh straight season and will face the winner of Saturday's Santa Clara match at Brighma Young. Irish have made six trips to the national semifinals and five championship game appearances during those seven years.

The quarterfinal game is tentatively in scheduled for next Friday at Alumni Field at 7 p.m. (ET).

Harvard (12-8) saw its season end after managing just four shots on goal -- eight total -- against an Irish defense that has permitted 62 shots, an average of 2.7 per game, this season.

The game was played in freezing temperatures with the removing a couple inches of snow and ice that covered the field at midday.

Notre Dame's 23-game unbeaten streak is one shy of tying the school record. The Irish won 24 straight from the end of their 1995 NCAA championship season and into 1996, and were 23-0-1 to open 1997. With 25 consecutive home wins, Notre Dame is two short of the record established between 1992-95.

Erikson's left-side corner kick set up a header from Makinen in the 31st minute for a 1-0 lead with the 20th time -- and 11th this season -- that the classmates have combined for a goal. Makinen has 14 goals this season and 65 in her career.

Early in the second half, Erikson then served the ball from the right corner with junior midfielder Mia Sarkesian sliding onto a loose ball in the goal mouth area to nudge home the crucial second goal.

"We were very good in the first half but it was disappointing that we had some more great opportunities that we didn't finish, said coach Randy Waldrum, who has led the Irish to a 43-4-2 record in his two years. "We've talked about that throughout the season. It was great to get a handle on the game early and then to get the second goal. That made it a lot tougher for Harvard to get back in the game.

"We noticed that Harvard puts a couple players on the post and then man-marks in the box and that's very difficult in that kind of a space, because there's so much traffic. This week, we worked on some set pieces trying to actually run off some man-marking. It was a good time to score off a set-piece. At this time of the season, those become big things for you."

The Irish finished with an 18-9 shot edge and 7-3 corner kick margin, with Harvard's first corner not coming until the game's 82nd minute.

Makinen now has 15 goals and 13 assists in postseason play, including six goals and eight assists in 14 NCAA games.

"The second goal was very disappointing," said 14th-year Harvard head coach Tim Wheaton. "In a game like this, to give up a second goal and keep battling is very tough. It takes a lot of character and a lot of fight. We were battling all the way through, trying to get a goal. We thought we could give them a battle and I think we did that today."


[6] Penn State 4, [15] Dartmouth

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Last week, the No. 6 Penn State women's soccer team needed almost 100 minutes to score in their second-round 1-0 overtime victory over Illinois. Tonight they needed barely 100 seconds to get on the board en route to a 4-0 victory over 15th-ranked Dartmouth (14-5) tonight in the third round.

The Nittany Lions (22-2-1) await the result of Sunday afternoon's Portland-Washington game to learn the identity of their quarterfinal opponent.

Big Ten "Player of the Year" Christie Welsh put PSU ahead 1-0 with 1:47 elapsed.

"We talked about how (Dartmouth) was 13-0 when they scored first and knew it was important to score early on them, " Welsh said.

The Lions took a 2-0 lead into intermission after freshman Heidi Drummond one-timed a Welsh cross past Dartmouth goalkeeper Kristen Luckenbill.

"Christie Welsh was the difference tonight," Dartmouth coach Erica Walsh said. "She touches the ball just twice in the first half and gets a goal and an assist. I think this game would have been a lot closer if she hadn't been on the field."

Penn State added second half goals by senior midfielders Jeannine Verdrager (and Shari Pickett (Erie, Pa.). Verdrager's goal was her first in two seasons.

"I didn't expect to score," Verdrager said. "I think you always feel you contribute more when you get a goal."

Junior PSU keeper Emily Oleksiuk made five saves, all in the first half, for her eighth shutout in her last nine games.

"With our recent scoring problems and their great defense, Dartmouth scared me a lot coming in, " PSU coach Pat Farmer said. "I was glad to see we didn't relax when we scored so early in the game."


[5] Clemson 2, Florida State 0

CLEMSON, S.C. -- No. 5 Clemson used goals by Tatum Clowney and Allison Mitchell to defeat Florida State 2-0 in a third-round match before 1,361 at Historic Riggs Field.

"This was a very difficult game," Clemson coach Ray Leone said. "They are very organized and they know how to play us. I thought we did play very well at certain points tonight, but I have to compliment Florida State on their play as well."

Clowney scored her third goal of the season at 39:11 to give Clemson (19-2-1) a 1-0 lead, heading home a pass from Julie Augustyniak. Augustyniak stole the ball from a Florida State defender before sending the cross over the top to Clowney.

Mitchell made it 2-0 at 63:48. Leigh Clark sent a short corner kick to the near post where Heather Beem volleyed to Mitchell, setting up the insurance goal.

Clemson held a 21-2 shots advantage over FSU (14-8-2). Lady Tigers keeper Katie Carson saved both shots, while her Seminoles counterpart Sarah Crawford made nine saves, many of them in spectacular fashion.

"We ran into a buzzsaw tonight against Clemson," FSU coach Patrick Baker said. "They played extremely well and they really lived up to their billing."

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