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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

By JOSH WESSLER
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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