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Notre Dame soccer rallies to victory in season opener

August 29th, 2009
Brett Lane

PND defender Brett Lane

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

The Notre Dame boys soccer team’s state title defense got off to a rocky start Friday night, but a strong finish helped the host Irish come away with a 4-2 victory over Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin.

The Irish found themselves trailing less than a minute into the match when the visitors converted on a penalty kick to go up 1-0.

Notre Dame (1-0) managed to tie the game in the 35th minute on a goal by Brett Lane, but the Irish entered the half trailing 2-1 after SHG’s Brandon Irwin took advantage of a turnover for the Cyclones’ second goal.

It was all Notre Dame after the break, as goals by Cody Gilfillan, Michael Schrader and Jeff Cassidy helped extend the Irish’ win streak to 15 games.

“The guys kept their composure in the second half,” ND coach Mike Bare said. “They really buckled down and found a way to pull out a win.”

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