By BO RYAN
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)
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)