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Irish bring home the gold in boys soccer

November 7th, 2010
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2010 State Championship Team

Goal CelebrationNotre Dame romps Norridge Ridgewood to win state title, 8-0

By JOSH WESSLER
Peoria Journal Star

If there were any questions regarding Notre Dame’s status as one of the top boys soccer teams in the nation, the Irish erased them Saturday in the Class 2A state championship.

Considered the favorite to regain the title they won two years ago, they proved their worth with an 8-0 drubbing of Norridge Ridgewood to claim their third state title, in a record-setting final at North Central College.

Led by seniors Vince Cicciarelli and Cody Gilfillan, who each scored twice, Notre Dame received goals from five players in its 24th consecutive victory.

ND also set records for largest margin of victory and most goals in a state championship match. Springfield had held both records after beating Westchester St. Joseph, 7-0, in the 1997 Class A final.

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Early second-half scoring sends Irish boys to state semifinals

November 4th, 2010
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Johnny Frampton

Junior midfielder Johnny Frampton celebrates his second goal against Lemont off a diving header

By BO RYAN
Peoria Journal Star

NEW LENOX – It has become popular this postseason to talk about the importance of scoring first.

Tuesday at the Class 2A New Lenox Supersectional, Notre Dame boys soccer coach Mike Bare liked the second score in his team’s 4-0 victory over Lemont.

“Scoring first is huge,” Bare said. “But what I thought was more important tonight was scoring second.”

Notre Dame (24-1-0) led 1-0 at halftime at Lincoln-Way West, then scored twice in the first six minutes of the second half against defensive-minded Lemont (15-8-3).

“Against Morton we scored first, then allowed Morton to score second, giving them the energy to keep battling,” Bare said about a 2-1 overtime sectional-title victory. “Whereas tonight, we got that second goal and I think it broke their spirits. I think they knew it would be tough putting two in against us.”

The victory sends Notre Dame to the state finals for the third consecutive year. The Irish play Waterloo, a 1-0 victor against Champaign Centennial at the Springfield Super, in a semifinal at 1 p.m. Friday at North Central College in Naperville.

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