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ND makes Freeport pay

November 9th, 2009
Cody Gilfillan

Notre Dame’s Matthew Buck (17) gives teammate Cody Gilfillan (21) a hand after Gilfillan scored the Irish’s first goal of the half in Friday’s Class 2A semi-final game with Freeport at Naperville during the IHSA State Soccer Finals.

Defending state champions score early, often as they advance to Class 2A boys soccer title match

By JOSH WESSLER
Peoria Journal Star

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NAPERVILLE — What once was a house of heartbreak has become a home away from home for the Notre Dame boys soccer team.

And the Irish made themselves right at home Friday.

Picking up where they left off a year ago, the defending Class 2A state champions returned to Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium in dominant fashion against a Freeport side in its state debut.

Facing a defense that had allowed only 13 goals this season, Notre Dame flexed its offensive muscle early and often in rolling to a 6-0 victory in the first of two 2A state semifinals at North Central College.

Notre Dame (23-2-1) will play at 1 p.m. Saturday in the title match, against Arlington Heights St. Viator. The Lions defeated Troy Triad 5-0 in the other semi to reach a state final for the third time.

Led by a pair of two-goal efforts by juniors Cody Gilfillan and Vince Cicciarelli, the Irish controlled the match throughout in their seventh consecutive victory at Benedetti-Wehrli.

“That was probably our best game of the year,” ND coach Mike Bare said. “Just a consistent 80 minutes. At times this year, we’ve played 40 minutes. Late in the year when you’re playing quality teams, it’s got to be a consistant 80. And we did that today.”

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