5. WOMEN'S ACTION: Irish three-goal blitz drops SCU

The big showdown of the weekend took place in South Bend, Ind., where Notre Dame beat Santa Clara, 3-1. Jill Krivacek's left-footed strike tied the game in the 64th minute and Amanda Cinalli added a pair of goals to cap Notre Dame's three-goal spurt over a nine-minute stretch in the final game of the Inn at Saint Mary's ND Soccer Classic. Notre Dame had beaten No. 22 USC, 2-0, on Friday.

Cinalli, the tournament MVP, said the Irish were being beaten on too many 50-50 balls in the first half.  "So we improved on all of that in the second half," she said, "and it turned the game around." Meagan Snell scored in the 13th minute for Santa Clara, but ND keeper Notre Dame shut down the Broncos the rest of the way with nine saves.

Santa Clara coach Jerry Smith was impressed with the Irish: "The way Notre Dame is playing, it looks like it's November for them instead of September. They are in midseason form, [Coach] Randy [Waldrum] has done a great job preparing his team and they only are going to get stronger when those two kids come back."
    Other weekend highlights:

  • No. 1 Florida State won Arizona State's Heather Farr Kicks Against Breast Cancer Tournament. with victories over the host Sun Devils (1-0) and Loyola, Md. (3-1). FSU coach Mark Krikorian wasn't too happy with the Noles' performance, however, against upstart Loyola, which outshot FSU, 16-12. "If I step back and look at it, you could say we had a poor performance today and were still able to find a way to win," he said. "That is a good sign, but that will catch up to us sooner or later. Probably sooner and we will be hurt if we don't show up everyday ready to compete and play hard."

  • Penn State's 27-game unbeaten streak ended Friday when Texas beat the Lions, 2-1, in Austin on goals by Amy Burlingham  and Kelsey Carpenter. Two days later, Penn State and Texas A&M played to a 1-1 tie in Aggieland before 3,774 fans. Carpenter followed up on her big game against Penn State with the overtime winner in the Longhorns' 1-0 victory over Illinois on Sunday.

  • A 98th-minute penalty kick by senior All-American Ali Christoph gave Tennessee a 1-0 victory over then-No. 6 Virginia. Duke also suffered its first loss of the 2006 campaign on Sunday as the Blue Devils fell, 2-1, to Connecticut. Two SEC Top 25 teams fell to unranked teams Friday night: Florida lost to Fresno State, 1-0, and Georgia was beaten by BYU, 2-0.
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