PND Soccer Sends Early Message

Irish Score Ten Goals Over Weekend

PEORIA, Ill. - To say the Notre Dame soccer team is off to a good start might be a major understatement.

"We feel really good right now because we just played two hard opponents and played
really well against both of them," said junior Ethan Miller.

The Irish are undefeated but that's hardly the story.

"I was really excited," said sophomore Noah Madrigal. "Last year, I didn't score at all in that tournament. This year I really wanted to show what I could do."

Madirgal and the Irish not only showed what they could do, they put on a show. Inviting three of the top prep soccer teams in the Midwest to Peoria.

Notre Dame won twice, beating Chicago suburban school St. Viator 3-1 on Friday and St. Louis power Chaminade, 7-2 on Saturday.

"I learned we could possess the ball against good teams," said Notre Dame coach Mike Bare. "Also, could we create chances and score against good teams? That's a check mark, we scored three against Viator, and we missed four good chances in the second half, and scored seven against Chaminade."

Ironically, all the success this past weekend might ne a little dangerous for a young team. Notre Dame's goal isn't to be playing its best soccer in September but to do it in November, when the Irish can win a state championship.

"Nobody out here as won a state championship," Bare said. "We told them, at the end of the season, we don't want the highlight to be how we did against Chaminade. We want the highlight to be a state championship trophy."

So far, the Irish are headed in the right direction.


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