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PREVIEW: Notre Dame aims for perfection
by Paul Kennedy, December 4th, 2008 7AM
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[2008 WOMEN'S COLLEGE CUP] Notre Dame, which enters its semifinal match against Stanford at the Women's College Cup with a 25-0-0 record, looks to accomplish what it's never done before -- finish the season unbeaten. The Irish captured national titles in 1995 and 2004 but failed to win the four previous years it entered the final four unbeaten.

KEY STAT: The Irish, who are playing in their third straight final four, have trailed only once all season -- for two minutes against Marquette in October.

KEY PLAYER: Notre Dame is led by 2006 Hermann Trophy winner Kerri Hanks, who has outstanding in the NCAA Tournament. She set up both goals in the 2-0 victory over Florida State in the quarterfinals. She showed tremendous pace to break through the Seminole defense and set up Taylor Knaack for the late insurance goal.

AREA OF IMPROVEMENT: The Irish have been solid on defense from beginning to end. They opened the season with four straight shutouts and enter the Women's College Cup with eight shutouts in a row. Senior Carrie Dew, one of three defenders to start every game, has been outstanding in earning her second Big East Defensive Player of the Year award.

PROJECTED STARTERS
Goalkeeper

PLAYER, YEAR (G-A-P) CLUB TEAM
13 Kelsey Lysander, JR. (0.39 GAA) San Diego Surf
Defenders
12 Jessica Schuveiller, FR. (1-1-3) Dallas Sting
19 Carrie Dew, SR. (1-1-3) San Diego Surf
23 Elise Weber, SR. (1-3-5) Eclipse Select
25 Julie Scheidler, SOPH. (0-5-5) Carmel Crossfire
Midfielders
14 Courtney Rosen, JR. (3-4-10) Ohio Internationals SC
15 Rose Augustin, SOPH. (6-2-14) Ohio Internationals SC
17 Courtney Barg, FR. (2-3-7) Dallas Sting
Forwards
2 Kerri Hanks, SR. (19-15-53) Dallas Texans
6 Melissa Henderson, FR. (17-1-35) Dallas Sting
11 Michele Weissenhofer, JR. (4-7-15) Eclipse Select

Key Subs
4 Taylor Knaack, SOPH. (5-2-12) Dallas Texans
7 Amanda Clark, JR. (1-1-3) Eclipse Select
8 Haley Ford, JR. (1-1-3) Dallas Texans
10 Brittany Bock, SR. (6-9-21) Eclipse Select
20 Rebecca Mendoza, SR. (1-1-3) Dallas Sting
21 Erica Iantorno, SOPH. (5-7-17) Eclipse Select



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