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Early second-half scoring sends Irish boys to state semifinals

November 4th, 2010
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Johnny Frampton

Junior midfielder Johnny Frampton celebrates his second goal against Lemont off a diving header

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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Return isn’t all happy

November 4th, 2009
Supersectional Plaque

The Peoria Notre Dame Irish hoist their Class 2A soccer supersectional plaque Tuesday night after defeating Lemont 3-0 for berth in the state semifinals this Friday at North Central College in Naperville.

ND back in 2A boys soccer semis, but senior midfielder injured

PEORIA — Up a goal but down a man, the Notre Dame boys soccer team knew it was in for a battle Tuesday night.

And when the going got tough in the Class 2A Notre Dame Supersectional, the Irish got going.

Facing a physical Lemont side determined to end the hosts’ reign as 2A state champs, they held their ground to get a satisfying but perhaps costly 3-0 victory.

“The goal all year has been to win another state championship,” ND coach Mike Bare said. “And we’ve put ourselves in a position to make that happen. But while we’re happy to get the win and move on, we’ve got a lot of guys banged up right now.

“So we’re glad to advance, but also disappointed with the losses that we took tonight.”

Notre Dame (22-2-1) returns to Naperville this weekend for the state finals but could be without senior midfielder Michael Schrader, who suffered an injury to his right ankle late in the second half against Lemont (21-5-1). He had to be taken to a hospital for X-rays after the match.

In the semifinals at 11 a.m. Friday at North Central College, Notre Dame will face Freeport, a 2-1 double-overtime winner over Aurora Marmion at the Barrington Supersectional. ND will play Saturday for either third place or another state title.

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A wall sits in ND soccer’s way

November 3rd, 2009
Pre-Game Huddle

Notre Dame huddles up before the sectional final game against U-High

Lemont is supersectional obstacle for defending Class 2A state champs

By JOSH WESSLER
Peoria Journal Star

They’ve slayed the Lions, caged the Redbirds, grounded the Eagles and turned back the Pioneers.

They’ve battled the elements, trudged through the mud and withstood the efforts of those looking to knock the crown off their heads.

And through it all, the members of the Notre Dame boys soccer team have defended their Class 2A state title against all comers with poise and confidence befitting a champion.

But now, in order to continue their reign, the Irish will have to break through a wall. That wall comes in the form of a stingy Lemont side that has yet to allow a goal in postseason play.

The Irish, who have been shut out only once this season, will attempt to crack the Indians’ defense when the sides meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Notre Dame Supersectional.

The winner will advance to the 2A state semifinals Friday in Naperville to face the winner of the Barrington Supersectional.

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