Archive for October, 2009

Notre Dame is dry, on high

October 30th, 2009
Goal Celebration

Notre Dame’s Nate Bell and Kevin Whalen, left, celebrate the team’s second goal in their 5-1 win over Normal U-High in the Morton Sectional Final at Champaign on Friday. Notre Dame will advance to Tuesday’s Super Sectional.

U-High sent packing from 2A tourney after sectional final moves to Champaign

Peoria Journal Star

CHAMPAIGN — A last-minute change in venue provided a welcome sight for the Notre Dame boys soccer team Friday at the Class 2A Morton Sectional.

Having won their last two matches in less-than-ideal playing conditions, the possession-oriented Irish became the prime beneficiaries of an early-morning site change that moved their sectional final against Normal U-High from rain-soaked McClallen Park to the field-turf pitch at the University of Illinois.

Although it took the Irish a little while to get adjusted to their new surroundings, there was little the Pioneers could do to stop them as the defending Class 2A champions poured it on after halftime to win 5-1.

“This was really an overall team effort,” ND coach Mike Bare said. “It wasn’t just one or two guys taking over the game, it was everybody contributing all around the field.”

With their 12th sectional title in the bag, the Irish (21-2-1) move on to the Notre Dame Supersectional, where at 5 p.m. Tuesday they face the winner of Saturday’s Lemont Sectional final between the hosts and Midlothian Bremen.

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Notre Dame advances to sectional final

October 27th, 2009
Michael Schrader

Senior midfielder Michael Schrader scores his first of three goals against Dunlap

Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Just when Michael Schrader thought his work was done, the Dunlap boys soccer team pulled him right back into the mud.

Having scored three times to help his team build a seemingly insurmountable lead in Tuesday night’s Class 2A Morton Sectional semifinals at McClallen Park, the Notre Dame senior sat comfortably on the sidelines as the reserves attempted to close out the victory.

Schrader’s rest was short-lived, however. A determined Dunlap squad quickly cut Notre Dame’s four-goal lead in half.

Forced back into action on the rain-soaked pitch, Schrader and other starters helped squash the comeback bid as ND held on for a 5-3 victory.

“At this point, in these sloppy conditions, we just want to come out here and get a win,” ND coach Mike Bare said. “The goal was to get up on them, score early and have some urgency. We were able to do that, and so we advance.”

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ND doing it with defense

October 27th, 2009
Jon Andersh

Senior goalkeeper Jon Andersh makes a big save against Normal U-High

The following is an excerpt from the Peoria Journal Star sectional preview article.

DEFENSE, DEFENSE: It’s been so far, so good for Notre Dame in its defense of the Class 2A state championship.

Following the same blueprint that helped them win the program’s second state title last fall, the Irish have been doing it with defense again in 2009.

After five consecutive postseason shutouts to reach the state finals a year ago, Notre Dame enters the Morton Sectional with 12 shutouts in 22 matches, including six in its last seven.

ND won the Metamora Regional with shutout victories over Central and Metamora to extend a winning streak to 13. During that stretch, the Irish have outscored opponents 63-4.

FAMILIAR FOES: When Notre Dame and Dunlap square off Tuesday night in the second of two semifinals at McClallen Park, it will be the eighth time the teams have met in sectional play since 2000. Of those eight meetings, six have been to decide the sectional title.

Notre Dame advances to regional final

October 21st, 2009
Nate Bell

Junior midfielder Nate Bell centers the ball to Cody Gilfillan resulting in an Irish goal

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

AT METAMORA: The hosts get a shot at defending Class 2A champion Notre Dame at 6 p.m. Friday for the Class 2A Metamora Regional crown.

Metamora defeated Woodruff 5-0 despite holding a one-goal advantage at halftime.

Max Daniels put the Redbirds (10-7) on the board off an assist from Mike Costello in the 25th minute. Daniels added another goal in the 55th minute.

In Notre Dame’s 8-0 win over Central, the Irish (18-2-1) scored all their goals in the first 15:25 of the match.

“We wanted to get on the board early and often to put the game away,” ND coach Mike Bare said.

Vince Cicciarelli (two goals), Nate Bell (two goals, one assist) and Michael Schrader (goal, assist) led the way.

Class 2A boys soccer regional outlook

October 20th, 2009
Michael Schrader

Senior midfielder Michael Schrader

The following is an excerpt from the Peoria Journal Star Class 2A boys soccer regional outlook.

At Metamora

When: Semifinals Tuesday; finals Friday

Field: 1 Notre Dame (17-2-1); 2 Metamora (9-7-0); 3 Woodruff (8-10-0); 4 Central (1-10-0).

Outlook: Notre Dame, the defending Class 2A state champions, is the heavy favorite here. The Irish, who have not lost to any team from Illinois this season, have allowed just four goals in their current 11-game win streak. A much-improved Woodruff side will look to avenge a 5-1 loss to Metamora in last year’s regional semifinal. The Redbirds, who have yet to face any of the teams in the field, have won three of their last four games.

JS pick: Notre Dame

Next: Morton Sectional, against Streator Regional winner

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Notre Dame earns 15th consecutive M-S 6 soccer crown

October 14th, 2009
Cody Gilfillan

Junior Cody Gilfillan had two goals against Richwoods

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

Cody Gilfillan had two goals in the first half and Nate Bell had another in the second as the Notre Dame boys soccer team won 3-0 Tuesday at Richwoods.

Notre Dame (16-2-1) put 16 shots on goal. Irish goalkeeper Jon Andersh stopped all three shots by Richwoods (4-10-1) for his second shutout in as many days.

The victory gave Notre Dame at least a share of the Mid-State 6 Conference title for the 15th consecutive season.

“Before my time as a player and coach, there was a strong tradition here for soccer, and I’ve just tried to keep it going,” Notre Dame coach Mike Bare said.

Notre Dame wraps up the regular season Thursday at Morton. The Irish will face Central in the Class 2A Metamora Regional.

ND rally earns title of tourney

October 4th, 2009
Alex Garcia

Freshman midfielder Alex Garcia cuts the ball in the semifinal game against Champaign Central.

Irish score three goals in second half for 3-2 win over Arlington Heights St. Viator

Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA – In order to get back into the game, the Notre Dame boys soccer team had to get back to basics Saturday night at the seventh annual Mid-State Tournament.

And once the Irish got things settled at the back, the comeback was on in a 3-2 win over Arlington Heights St. Viator.

After a sloppy first half left the hosts with a two-goal deficit in the title game of the two-day tournament, the Irish came out of the break looking like a completely different team.

Behind a gutsy performance from Vince Cicciarelli (2 goals), a clutch effort by Cody Gilfillan (1 goal) and resurgent defense, the Irish rallied to score three goals after the break.

Cicciarelli’s second goal, an unassisted strike in the 76th minute off a run through the Lions’ defense, sealed the championship for the Irish (12-2-1).

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7th Annual Mid-State Classic Kicks Off Tonight

October 2nd, 2009

The 7th Annual Mid-State Soccer Classic kicks off tonight with three games set for 5:00 at FC Peoria in Mossville. This year’s field includes Champaign Central, Charleston, Evanston, Peoria Notre Dame, Quincy Notre Dame, Sacred Heart-Griffin, St. Viator, and Waterloo Gibault.

In other first round action, Peoria Notre Dame takes on Evanston tonight at 7:00 at PND. PND students get in free to all tournament games.

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