Early second-half scoring sends Irish boys to state semifinals
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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