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Irish blast past the Potters soccer at ND

November 6th, 2012
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Grant InskeepNotre Dame soccer team wins sixth straight sectional with 8-2 result over Morton

Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA – Some came dressed as ghosts. Others came costumed as clowns, and at least one showed up as a crayon. The Notre Dame boys soccer team came as a tank batallion.

And by showcasing the offensive firepower that has obliterated opposing defenses all season long, the host Irish rolled right along their intended postseason path Friday night with an 8-2 victory over Morton in the Class 2A Notre Dame Sectional championship.

The victory, which netted the program’s sixth sectional title in succession and 15th overall, moves Notre Dame to within one win of a return to the Class 2A state finals.

The next stop in the Irish’s journey will be the Lemont Supersectional, where they will face the winner of Saturday’s New Lenox Sectional match between Burbank St. Laurence and Chicago Washington at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Playing in front of a visibly cold yet partially costumed crowd, the Irish (19-2-2) wasted little time signalling their intentions against a Morton (13-9-3) side it had to rally to defeat (3-1) just a few weeks prior.

And after firing off a few early warning shots, the Irish effectively set the tone for the evening when J.J. Slomba buried a loose ball in the box for the game’s first goal just 4:14 into the match.

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Sectional final has familiar look for ND soccer

October 24th, 2012
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Peoria Notre Dame's Drew Whalen lifts teammate Nick Arnold after Whalen scored a goal during Tuesday's Class 2A soccer sectional semifinal game with Washington. Notre Dame won the game, 4-0.With victories in Class 2A sectional semis, ND will again face Morton for title

Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA – Over the past two months, the Notre Dame boys soccer team has traveled near and far in search of quality competition.

On Tuesday night at the Class 2A Notre Dame Sectional, the quality came to the Irish. And by flexing their offensive muscle, it didn’t take long for the hosts to send it packing.

Facing one of the area’s top teams in Mid-Illini Conference champion Washington, the Irish showed exactly why they are regarded as one of the state’s best with a convincing 4-0 victory over the Panthers.

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Notre Dame is dry, on high

October 30th, 2009
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Notre Dame’s Nate Bell and Kevin Whalen, left, celebrate the team’s second goal in their 5-1 win over Normal U-High in the Morton Sectional Final at Champaign on Friday. Notre Dame will advance to Tuesday’s Super Sectional.

U-High sent packing from 2A tourney after sectional final moves to Champaign

Peoria Journal Star

CHAMPAIGN — A last-minute change in venue provided a welcome sight for the Notre Dame boys soccer team Friday at the Class 2A Morton Sectional.

Having won their last two matches in less-than-ideal playing conditions, the possession-oriented Irish became the prime beneficiaries of an early-morning site change that moved their sectional final against Normal U-High from rain-soaked McClallen Park to the field-turf pitch at the University of Illinois.

Although it took the Irish a little while to get adjusted to their new surroundings, there was little the Pioneers could do to stop them as the defending Class 2A champions poured it on after halftime to win 5-1.

“This was really an overall team effort,” ND coach Mike Bare said. “It wasn’t just one or two guys taking over the game, it was everybody contributing all around the field.”

With their 12th sectional title in the bag, the Irish (21-2-1) move on to the Notre Dame Supersectional, where at 5 p.m. Tuesday they face the winner of Saturday’s Lemont Sectional final between the hosts and Midlothian Bremen.

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Notre Dame advances to sectional final

October 27th, 2009
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Senior midfielder Michael Schrader scores his first of three goals against Dunlap

Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Just when Michael Schrader thought his work was done, the Dunlap boys soccer team pulled him right back into the mud.

Having scored three times to help his team build a seemingly insurmountable lead in Tuesday night’s Class 2A Morton Sectional semifinals at McClallen Park, the Notre Dame senior sat comfortably on the sidelines as the reserves attempted to close out the victory.

Schrader’s rest was short-lived, however. A determined Dunlap squad quickly cut Notre Dame’s four-goal lead in half.

Forced back into action on the rain-soaked pitch, Schrader and other starters helped squash the comeback bid as ND held on for a 5-3 victory.

“At this point, in these sloppy conditions, we just want to come out here and get a win,” ND coach Mike Bare said. “The goal was to get up on them, score early and have some urgency. We were able to do that, and so we advance.”

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ND doing it with defense

October 27th, 2009
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Senior goalkeeper Jon Andersh makes a big save against Normal U-High

The following is an excerpt from the Peoria Journal Star sectional preview article.

DEFENSE, DEFENSE: It’s been so far, so good for Notre Dame in its defense of the Class 2A state championship.

Following the same blueprint that helped them win the program’s second state title last fall, the Irish have been doing it with defense again in 2009.

After five consecutive postseason shutouts to reach the state finals a year ago, Notre Dame enters the Morton Sectional with 12 shutouts in 22 matches, including six in its last seven.

ND won the Metamora Regional with shutout victories over Central and Metamora to extend a winning streak to 13. During that stretch, the Irish have outscored opponents 63-4.

FAMILIAR FOES: When Notre Dame and Dunlap square off Tuesday night in the second of two semifinals at McClallen Park, it will be the eighth time the teams have met in sectional play since 2000. Of those eight meetings, six have been to decide the sectional title.