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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