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Gateway City Classic Preview

September 29th, 2010
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Kevin Whalen

Senior midfielder Kevin Whalen dribbles past a Dunlap defender

The following is an excerpt from the Peoria Journal Star preps daily article.

When the Notre Dame boys soccer team made its first trip to the St. Louis area this season, in early September, it was looking to make its mark on the national scene.

But after a whirlwind 24 hours spent competing against some of the best teams in the country, the Irish left feeling a bit exposed.

Sure, they pulled off what was perhaps the biggest win in program history by defeating then-No. 7 St. Louis Christian Brothers. But a 3-0 loss to perennial power St. Louis Chaminade the next day put a bit of a damper on an otherwise successful trip.

“We put a lot of work in during the summer to get ready for those early tests,” ND coach Mike Bare said. “And I thought we were there. But when we went down to St. Louis I don’t think we played at the level we’re capable of playing. There’s a lot of things that go into playing down there with the speed of play, the speed on the ball, the defensive pressure and the quality of those teams. I think they exposed some things.”

That early wake-up call might have served the Irish well, however. Since that loss, they have gone 9-0 and outscored opponents 41-1.

This weekend, again in the St. Louis area, ND will get another chance to test its mettle against some of the country’s best teams. The Gateway City Classic features 42 teams, including nine ranked in the top 50 nationally, according to ESPN RISE.

ND, ranked 38th nationally, will face Taylor Mill (Ky.) Scott at 8:30 p.m. Friday in Belleville in one of six groups that make up the sixth annual competition.

“Since that loss to Chaminade, we’ve spent a lot of time working on the little things to try and correct them, so that when we go down there this weekend, we’ll be a bit more prepared,” Bare said. “And I think we’re where we need to be.”

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PND defeats rival Dunlap for the sixth consecutive time

September 28th, 2010
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Cody Gilfillan

Cody Gilfillan scored three goals against rival Dunlap

The following is an excerpt from the Peoria Journal Star prep highlights article.

Cody Gilfillan had three goals and two assists as the visiting Irish (11-1-0) defeated the Eagles for the sixth consecutive time.

Brett Lane and Vince Cicciarelli each had two goals for Notre Dame, which has outscored Dunlap (4-8-1) 28-5 since a 1-0 loss in the 2006 Class AA Notre Dame Sectional final.

The Irish return to action this Friday and Saturday at the Gateway Classic, which is considered the premier boys high school soccer event in the nation.

View box scores and team statistics on our new MaxPreps page.

Peoria over Quincy in ND soccer matchup

September 21st, 2010
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Vince Cicciarelli

Senior forward Vince Cicciarelli scored the first three goals against QND

The following is an excerpt from the Peoria Journal Star prep highlights article.

The Notre Dame boys soccer team managed to exact a measure of revenge for its school Monday.

Just four days after the ND football team lost to Quincy Notre Dame on the gridiron, the Peoria school’s soccer team returned the favor with a 6-1 victory over the visiting Raiders on the pitch.

Vince Cicciarelli led the way for the Irish (8-1-0), with three goals in the first 34 minutes of play to put PND ahead comfortably.

Kevin Whalen’s goal in the 37th minute sent PND into halftime with a 4-0 lead.

Austin Keck pulled one back for QND with a goal in the 62nd, but Cody Gilfillan countered with goals in the 65th and 68th to all but seal the nonconference victory for PND.

The Irish outshot the Raiders 22-2 on goal.

Peoria Notre Dame and Marquette Finish 2-0 at PND Invite

September 13th, 2010
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Nate Bell

Senior defender Nate Bell assisted on the game winner against Schaumburg

Peoria Notre Dame wrapped up the PND Invitational with a 2-0 record including a 1-0 win over Schaumburg and a 4-1 win over Hinsdale Central. Marquette also finished the round robin tournament with a 2-0 record. PND and Marquette could potentially face one another at the Gateway Classic on October 1-2 in O’Fallon, Illinois. Complete tournament results as well as detailed stats from both of PND’s games are listed below.

Friday 9/10 at Peoria Notre Dame
Hinsdale Central 0, Marquette (WI) 2

Schaumburg 0, #45 PND 1
Halftime Score: ND 0, SHS 0
Shots on Goal: ND 8, SHS 1
Corners: ND 2, SHS 4
Fouls: ND 15, SHS 11
Offsides: ND 1, SHS 0
ND Goals: Garcia 71:25 (Bell)

Saturday 9/11 at McClallen Park
Marquette (WI) 4, Schaumburg 1

Saturday 9/11 at Shea Stadium
#45 PND 4, Hinsdale Central 1
Halftime Score: ND 2, HC 1
Shots on Goal: ND 7, HC 2
Corners: ND 5, HC 4
Fouls: ND 13, HC 2
Offsides: ND 4, HC 0
ND Goals: K. Whalen 1:03 (D. Whalen), Cicciarelli 23:24 (Gilfillan), Gilfillan 71:28 (Cicciarelli), K. Whalen (unassisted)
HC Goals: Reavis 32:13 (unassisted)

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PND Falls to National Power St. Louis Chaminade

September 5th, 2010
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One day after knocking off #7 ranked Christian Brothers College, Peoria Notre Dame fell 3-0 to national power Chaminade College Prep on Saturday afternoon in St. Louis.

PND surrendered two goals off set pieces, one off a corner in the first half and then a free kick from just outside the box in the second half. Chaminade capped the scoring late in the match with a low shot to the far post by freshman Tommy Barlow. Chaminade finished with a slight 5 to 4 advantage in shots on goal.

PND’s best scoring chance came in the first half when senior forward Vince Cicciarelli blasted a shot off the near post.

Statistics
Final Score: ND 0, CCP 3
Halftime Score: ND 0, CCP 1
Shots on Goal: ND 4, CCP 5
Corners: ND 1, CCP 5
Fouls: ND 18, CCP 6
Offsides: ND 1, CCP 1
Goals: Barringhaus 17:00 (corner), Heet 49:00 (free kick), Barlow 65:37

#33 PND Knocks Off #7 Christian Brothers

September 3rd, 2010
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Alex Garcia

Sophomore Alex Garcia celebrates with his teammates after scoring the game winner

By JUSTIN PHELPS
Peoria Journal Star

ST. LOUIS — Frustrated by a defense that provided little time and space on the ball, a sophomore midfielder created his own time and space for the Notre Dame boys soccer team.

Alex Garcia deflected a clearing attempt to create a breakaway 45 yards off the goal line and scored with 55 seconds left to give the visiting Irish a 3-2 victory Friday over St. Louis Christian Brothers College.

The victory is a step for Notre Dame (2-0) toward the national prominence coach Mike Bare is seeking for the program. CBC, defending state champion in the largest of Missouri’s three enrollment classes, is ranked No. 7 by ESPN RISE.

Click here to read the complete article.

Statistics
Final Score: ND 3, CBC 2
Halftime Score: ND 1, CBC 1
Shots on Goal: ND 4, CBC 4
Corners: ND 2, CBC 1
Fouls: ND 19, CBC 10
Offsides: ND 0, CBC 1
PND Goals (Assists): Frampton 12:22 (Garcia), Olehy 54:22 (free kick), Garcia 79:05 (unassisted)
CBC Goals (Assists): Leach 29:31, Paulisin

PND Soccer Featured in PJ Star Preps Daily

September 1st, 2010
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The following is an excerpt from the Peoria Journal Star Preps Daily article.

7. That’s the national ranking of the St. Louis Christian Brothers College boys soccer team, according to ESPN RISE.

That also is the number of times the Cadets — who play host Friday night to No. 33 Notre Dame — have won a Missouri state championship.

The match between the two nationally ranked sides, scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. in St. Louis, is one of four highlighted in ESPN RISE’s matches to watch this week.

Last year, the teams played to a 1-1 draw at Notre Dame, with Jeff Cassidy’s 49th minute goal pulling the Irish level on their home turf.

This time, ND coach Mike Bare believes his team is ready to take the next step in the long path toward national prominence.

It also doesn’t hurt that the Irish have a pair of Division I strikers leading the offense, in Vince Cicciarelli (committed to Notre Dame) and Cody Gilfillan (committed to Bradley).

“We want to make our mark nationally. We want to be in the top 25,” said Bare, whose team will face perennial power St. Louis Chaminade — the 2001 national champions — at noon Saturday.

“We’ve talked about getting over that hurdle and beating these types of teams,” Bare said. “We know it’s a challenge, but it’s a challenge we want and I know they’re ready for it.”

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