By JANE MILLER
Peoria Journal Star
LEMONT – Qualifying for the boys state soccer finals is getting to be a habit for Notre Dame.
The Irish will play on the final weekend for the fifth year in a row after a 4-0 win Tuesday night over Chicago Washington at the Lemont High School Sports Complex.
Notre Dame faces West Chicago Wheaton Academy at 11 a.m. Friday in the Class 2A state semifinals at Frankfort Lincoln-Way North High School.
It took Notre Dame (20-2-2) more than 30 minutes to get on the scoreboard, on an unassisted goal by Ben Fiddes with 9:34 left in the half.
“Before we scored, we felt like we had the run of play,” Notre Dame coach Mike Bare said. “We were generating a lot of corners, and we had a lot of set plays, so we were a little disappointed it took us so long to find the net. But I was proud of the fact that once we found the net, we stayed on it and got a second one, which I think ultimately put us on the right track in getting a win tonight.”
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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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