Archive for September, 2009

2009 PND Crossbar Challenge

September 30th, 2009

Watch as the 2009 Peoria Notre Dame varsity soccer team attempts to hit the crossbar from about 40 yards out.


An overwhelming decision for ND soccer

September 29th, 2009
Vince Cicciarelli

Peoria Notre Dame’s Vince Cicciarelli runs with the ball as Dunlap’s Kendrick Boddie defends at Notre Dame’s stadium in Peoria Monday night.

Junior gets three goals, two assists as Dunlap falls 7-0

Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA – Three years ago, Vince Cicciarelli had a decision to make.

A rising talent on the local youth soccer scene, the eighth-grader from St. Vincent de Paul had to choose between Dunlap and Notre Dame high schools.

Cicciarelli opted to keep things in the family by choosing to play for a Notre Dame program older brothers Matt and Nick helped build. The Irish have benefitted ever since.

The Eagles, on the other hand, haven’t been as fortunate.

Facing his would-be teammates Monday night at Notre Dame, Cicciarelli had three goals and two assists to power the Irish to a 7-0 victory.

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Better late than never for ND

September 25th, 2009
Kevin Whalen

PND junior forward Kevin Whalen attempts to settle the ball against East Moline

The following is an excerpt from the Peoria Journal Star prep soccer roundup.

Persistence paid off for the Notre Dame boys soccer team Thursday night.

After being held scoreless for most of their nonconference meeting with East Moline, the host Irish got offensive late for 3-0 victory.

Michael Schrader’s goal at 66:02 put Notre Dame (7-2-1) on the scoreboard. A pair of quick-strike goals by Vince Cicciarelli (at 75:12 and 75:27) provided insurance for Notre Dame, which outshot East Moline 18-1.

“We were knocking on the door all night,” ND coach Mike Bare said.

Notre Dame’s Cassidy makes up for lost time

September 16th, 2009
Jeff Cassidy

PND midfielder Jeff Cassidy

By Tom Batters
Peoria Times-Observer

Peoria, Ill. – Peoria Notre Dame senior midfielder Jeff Cassidy did not make the varsity team as a freshman or sophomore, and he did not get a lot of playing time last year as a junior, so he is often overshadowed by the more experienced goal scorers on the Irish team — junior Vince Cicciarelli, junior Cody Gilfillan and senior Michael Schrader. Those players all played varsity since they were freshmen.

But Cassidy is making up for lost time this season. He scored a goal in the season-opener against Sacred Heart Griffin, and had two goals in an 8-0 win over Woodruff last week.

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Irish Win 5-1 Over Quincy Notre Dame

September 13th, 2009
Vince Cicciarelli

PND junior forward Vince Cicciarelli attempts a shot on goal against QND on Saturday

Quincy Herald-Whig

Vince Cicciarelli only practiced once during the past week, participating a limited amount Friday as he continued nursing a sore foot.

The Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team wouldn’t have minded if Cicciarelli had waited an extra day or two to return.

The Peoria Notre Dame junior forward scored two goals in a 13-second span of the second half Saturday afternoon to fuel the Irish’s 5-1 victory at the QND field. The Raiders had allowed just five goals in the previous eight games.

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Irish hold own with nation’s elite

September 6th, 2009
Josh Swank

Notre Dame’s Josh Swank, left, and Chaminade’s Wes McDonald collide in the second half Saturday night at Shea Stadium in Peoria.

Notre Dame falls 2-1 to Chaminade College Prep

Peoria Journal Star

For the second night in a row, the Notre Dame boys soccer team found itself among the nation’s elite.

And for the second night in a row, the Irish came away with a positive result.

Facing one of the nation’s premier prep teams in Chaminade College Prep, the host Irish more than held their own Saturday night at Shea Stadium.

And while the end result wasn’t the one that they had hoped for coming in, ND’s 2-1 loss to the defending Missouri state champs could go a long way in helping the Irish close the gap as they look to put themselves in the same category as the Red Devils, who are ranked No. 7 in the nation by ESPN RISE.

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Weekend Score Update

September 5th, 2009

Friday, September 4 (at Peoria Notre Dame)
6:00 – Peoria Notre Dame 1, Christian Brothers 1
8:00 – Chaminade 2, Algonquin Jacobs 0

Saturday, September 5 (at McClallen Park in Morton)
10:30 – Christian Brothers 5, Algonquin Jacobs 2
12:30 – Chaminade 2, Geneva 0

Saturday, September 5 (at Shea Stadium)
6:00 – Peoria Notre Dame 1, Chaminade 2

Big Weekend in Peoria

September 3rd, 2009
Pre-Game Huddle

PND players huddle up before SHG game

Some of the top teams in the country will make their way to Central Illinois this weekend for a series of games. Peoria Notre Dame is set to take on #9 St. Louis Christian Brothers on Friday night at 6:00 at ND. The following night, PND will face #7 St. Louis Chaminade at 6:00 at Bradley’s Shea Stadium. The complete weekend schedule is as follows.

Friday, September 4 (at Peoria Notre Dame)
6:00 – Peoria Notre Dame vs. Christian Brothers
8:00 – Chaminade vs. Algonquin Jacobs

Saturday, September 5 (at McClallen Park in Morton)
10:30 – Christian Brothers vs. Algonquin Jacobs
12:30 – Chaminade vs. Geneva

Saturday, September 5 (at Shea Stadium)
6:00 – Peoria Notre Dame vs. Chaminade

Gilfillan Comfortable Up Top

September 2nd, 2009
Cody Gilfillan

Cody Gilfillan

Junior forward Cody Gilfillan is featured in this week’s Peoria Times-Observer. Cody played his first two years as an outside defender, but this year he is back to his natural forward position.

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