Soccer America continues its preview of this week's Men's and Women's College Cup semifinals. After yesterday's look at the North Carolina-UCLA game, we preview the second
women's semifinal game on Friday in Cary, N.C., between top-ranked Notre Dame and Florida State. The Irish combine experience on defense with an explosive attack led by the nation's top two
scorers, Kerri Hanks
and Michele Weissenhofer
. Florida State lost, 4-0, in last year's semifinals -- a defeat the Seminoles blame to nerves. They're back with a seasoned team
led by six national team players. Here's a look at the probables with their stats (G-A-P). NOTRE DAME (24-0-1)
6 LAUREN KARAS (Jr., Flower
Mound, Texas) 0.32 GAA
Ranks second in the country in goals-against average.
4 KIM LORENZEN (Sr., Naperville, Ill.) 0-1-1
Captain is oldest
of four regulars from Naperville, former Chicago Fire home.
8 HALEY FORD (Fr., Midland, Texas) 0-1-1
Former Dallas Texans captain took over in middle for injured Carrie Dew.
12 ASHLEY JONES (Jr., Westlake Village, Calif.) 2-5-9
''Poster child'' for student-athlete with 3.96 GPA in accounting.
18 CHRISTIE SHANER (Sr.,
Ambler, Pa.) 0-1-1
Left back played only 26 minutes in first three postseason games. MIDFIELDERS 5 AMANDA CINALLI (Jr., Maple Heights, Ohio) 11-4-26
from frontline in switch with Brittany Bock.
9 JEN BUCZKOWSKI (Sr., Elk Grove, Ill.) 1-13-15
Shares Irish record for consecutive games played (101).
24 JILL KRIVACEK (Sr.,
Geneva, Ill.) 4-6-14
Defensive midfielder has increased her range this year. FORWARDS 2 KERRI HANKS (Soph., Allen, Texas) 22-20-64
On pace to become the
seventh DI player to score 100 career goals.
10 BRITTANY BOCK (Soph., Naperville, Ill.) 11-6-28
Nearly half (11 of 23) of career goals have come on headers.
11 MICHELE WEISSENHOFER (Fr., Naperville, Ill.) 18-17 53
Second behind Hanks on national scoring charts.
KEY RESERVES Amanda Clark (Fr., Naperville, Ill.)
another freshman to play a lot of minutes in pressure situations. Courtney Rosen (Fr., Brecksville, Ohio)
is a key reserve in midfield. Forward Susan Pinnick (Soph., South Bend, Ind.)
recovered from 2004 van crash with Carmel Commotion teammates to play for Irish.
FLORIDA STATE (18-3-4)
0 ALI MIMS (Sr., Ponte
Vedra, Fla.) 0.59 GAA
Sixth-year senior has 20 shutouts in her career.
5 SARAH WAGENFUHR (Soph., Colorado Springs, Colo.) 0-1-1
Makes up for
lack of size (only 5-foot-3) with good jumping ability.
7 KATRIN SCHMIDT (Jr., Germany) 5-3-13
Scored hat trick in postseason opener against Jacksonville.
GIANESKIS (Jr., Tarpon Springs, Fla.) 1-0-2
Blossomed in middle of defense after summer in W-League.
19 BECKY EDWARDS (Fr., Downingtown, Pa.) 1-8-10
First collegiate goal
won quarterfinal match against Clemson.
10 KELLY ROWLAND (Sr., Wallingford, Pa.) 5-3-13
Former center back has 87 consecutive starts, an FSU
14 KIRSTEN VAN DE VEN (Jr., Netherlands) 1-3-5
Began her college career at Quinnipiac.
18 MAMI YAMAGUCHI (Soph., Japan) 6-4-16
Along with Schmidt, gives Noles
big presence on left side.
22 TOBY RANCK (Sr., Wayne, Pa.) 0-3-3
Started 12 games in 2006; 14 in first three seasons.
2 INDIA TROTTER (Sr., Ft.
Lauderdale, Fla.) 7-3-17
Only player besides Rowland to start at '03 and '05 College Cups.
8 SELIN KURALAY (Jr., Australia) 13-3-29
Has assisted on game-winners in
two postseason matches.
Iraia Iturregi (Jr., Spain) started on the right side of midfield until injuring ankle in ACC Tournament.Onnie Trusty (Fr., Media,
Pa.) saw increased playing time as she recovered from hip surgery.Holy Peltzer (Jr., Lake Mary, Fla.) can play on the wing or up front.