Overtime move proves golden for Notre Dame

October 30th, 2010
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2010 Sectional Champions

Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA – Vince Cicciarelli: You can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him.

And for the majority of a Class 2A sectional title match Friday night, Morton’s double- and triple-teaming slowed the Notre Dame All-American.

But a bold move by Irish coach Mike Bare at the end of regulation broke the Potters’ defensive chains, and Cicciarelli found the golden goal in ND’s 2-1 overtime victory.

The victory propels Notre Dame (23-1-0) to the New Lenox Supersectional. On Tuesday night at Lincoln-Way West, the Irish will meet Lemont.

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#5 PND 2, Morton 1 (1 OT)
Halftime Score: ND 1, MOR 1
Shots: ND 27, MOR 2
Corners: ND 8, MOR 1
Fouls: ND 7, MOR 15
Offsides: ND 2, MOR 0
ND Goals: Frampton 2:20 (Lazzari), V. Cicciarelli 86:24 (Gilfillan)
Morton Goals: Rodriguez 38:34 (Hasinger)

Notre Dame captures fifth consecutive regional title

October 25th, 2010
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2010 Regional Champions

AT METAMORA: An early goal and a late flurry helped Notre Dame claim its fifth regional title in a row, 5-0 over the hosts.

Cody Gilfillan and Vince Cicciarelli each scored twice for the Irish (21-1-0), who will take a 19-game win streak into their sectional semi against Galesburg on Tuesday at 7:00 at Notre Dame.

Gilfillan’s first goal came just 4:40 into the match and gave the Notre Dame defense all it needed to secure the victory. His second goal, in the 48th minute, was followed by a pair from Cicciarelli (63rd, 75th) and one from Brett Lane (80th).

Chris Donner had 17 saves for Metamora (13-2-5).


#5 PND 5, Metamora 0
Halftime Score: ND 1, MET 0
Shots on Goal: ND 22, MET 1
Corners: ND 7, MET 0
Fouls: ND 13, MET 10
Offsides: ND 1, MET 0
Goals: Gilfillan 4:40 (Buck), Gilfillan 47:14 (Lane), V. Cicciarelli 62:28 (unassisted), V. Cicciarelli 74:14 (Frampton), Lane 79:56 (V. Cicciarelli)

Strong second half leads ND to shutout win over Morton

October 15th, 2010
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2010 Senior Night

Peoria Notre Dame capped off senior night in style with a 6-0 shutout win over Mid-Illini Conference Champion Morton (14-5-1). PND scored 5 second half goals with the first coming just 25 seconds into the second half. PND finishes the regular season with a 19-1 overall record and a #6 national ranking by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, the highest ranking in program history.

PND enters postseason play next Wednesday, October 20th at 4:30 pm against Peoria Central as part of the Metamora Regional. The Regional final is set for Saturday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm.


#6 PND 6, Morton 0
Halftime Score: ND 1, MOR 0
Shots on Goal: ND 14, MOR 1
Total Shots: ND 28, MOR 3
Corners: ND 4, MOR 1
Fouls: ND 23, MOR 9
Offsides: ND 1, MOR 0
ND Goals: Gilfillan 3:49 (Frampton/K. Whalen), Frampton 40:25 (Garcia), V. Cicciarelli 45:46 (Garcia), Frampton 46:51 (K. Whalen/Gilfillan), V. Cicciarelli 59:10 (Gilfillan), D. Whalen 65:38 (S. Cicciarelli)

Notre Dame rallies for win over Geneva

October 10th, 2010
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Drew Olehy

Senior Drew Olehy takes a free kick against Geneva

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

PEORIA – The Notre Dame soccer team followed a slow start with a fast finish Saturday to knock off visiting Class 3A opponent Geneva, 3-2.

The hosts spotted the Vikings two first-half goals before rallying for their 17th win in 18 decisions.

Cody Gilfillan got the Irish on the board 50:07 into the action, on an assist from Vince Cicciarelli.

Alex Garcia tied the match at 67:00 from Drew Whalen and Cicciarelli provided the game-winner at 73:26 from Garcia.

#8 PND 3, Geneva 2
Halftime Score: ND 0, GEN 2
Shots on Goal: ND 11, GEN 4
Corners: ND 6, GEN 4
Fouls: ND 12, GEN 10
Offsides: ND 3, GEN 2
ND Goals: Gilfillan 50:07 (V. Cicciarelli), Garcia 67:00 (D. Whalen), V. Cicciarelli 73:26 (Garcia)
GEN Goals: Johnson 13:07 (Wahl), Butz 26:02 (Henriksen)

Peoria Notre Dame makes return to St. Louis triumphant

October 3rd, 2010
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2010 Gateway Classic TeamThe following is an excerpt from Sheldon Shealer’s ESPN RISE article covering the Gateway City Soccer Classic.

ST. LOUIS — The last time Peoria Notre Dame (Peoria, Ill.) boys’ soccer visited the St. Louis area, it left with a mixed bag of results.

First, there was a dramatic, 3-2 victory over then POWERADE FAB 50-ranked Christian Brothers College (St. Louis, Mo.) Sept. 3, followed by a crushing, 3-0 loss to unranked Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.) the next day.

The Irish were back in Greater St. Louis this weekend — on the other side of the Mississippi River — for the Gateway City Soccer Classic, and this time walked away with a convincing bracket championship.

After handling Scott (Taylor Mill, Ky.), 4-1, Friday, the Irish defeated defending Indiana state champ Zionsville (Zionsville, Ind.), 4-2, and O’Fallon (O’Fallon, Ill.), 4-0, Saturday in the O’Fallon Bracket final.

“When we went to St. Louis [in September], we didn’t play to the level we could play, we weren’t ready for the speed of play,” Irish coach Mike Bare said. “We came back down, we were tested again and I think we’ve made some nice strides since our first trip to St. Louis.”

While Notre Dame’s title run did not pit the team against any ranked opponents, the bracket did include perennial Indiana power Evansville Memorial (Evansville, Ind.), Kentucky state-ranked Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) and FAB 50-ranked Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wis.), which was upset by O’Fallon.

Peoria Notre Dame’s 12 goals were the most scored by any of the 42 teams competing at this year’s tournament.

Notre Dame commit Vince Cicciarelli scored two goals in both the semifinal and final, while Kevin Whalen scored twice against Zionsville. Bradley commit Cody Gilfillan, who had a goal and two assists in the Friday win over Scott, assisted one of Cicciarelli’s goals in the final.


Friday 10/1 First Round
#38 PND 4, Scott (KY) 1

Halftime Score: ND 2, SCOTT 0
Shots on Goal: ND 12, SCOTT 5
Corners: ND 3, SCOTT 1
Fouls: ND 14, SCOTT 9
Offsides: ND 3, SCOTT 1
ND Goals: K. Whalen 6:20 (V. Cicciarelli), Garcia 15:06 (Gilfillan), D. Whalen 41:11 (Gilfillan/Lane), Gilfillan 47:13 (D. Whalen)
SCOTT Goals: Robbins 74:00 (unassisted)
Saves: ND Streid 4, SCOTT Supe 8

Saturday 10/2 Semifinal
#38 PND 4, Zionsville (IN) 2

Halftime Score: ND 0, ZION 1
Shots on Goal: ND 11, ZION 4
Corners: ND 6, ZION 3
Fouls: ND 21, ZION 13
Offsides: ND 0, ZION 2
ND Goals: K. Whalen 46:00 (Gilfillan), V. Cicciarelli 47:22 (K. Whalen), K. Whalen 71:26 (Garcia), V. Cicciarelli 76:49 (Garcia)
ZION Goals: #25 31:42 (#4), #9 41:22 (unassisted)
Saves: ND Auer 2, ZION #0 7

Saturday 10/2 Championship
#38 PND 4, O’Fallon 0

Halftime Score: ND 2, OFALL 0
Shots on Goal: ND 17, OFALL 2
Corners: ND 6, OFALL 1
Fouls: ND 28, OFALL 7
Offsides: ND 3, OFALL 4
ND Goals: V. Cicciarelli 19:02 (Gilfillan/K. Whalen), V. Cicciarelli 38:28 (Lazzari), Stockman 46:33 (Gilfillan/Lane), Frampton 78:09 (Olehy)
Saves: ND Streid 2, OFALL #0 13

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.”


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)


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.

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