WMBD/WYZZ-TV - PEORIA, Ill. When Bradley hosts preseason number one Notre Dame in a soccer exhibition game Tuesday, there will be a game within the game at Shea Stadium.
Notre dame senior Vince Cicciarelli is returning to his home town and will play facing off against some of his former Peoria Notre Dame High School teammates.
"It'll be a little strange but hopefully no hard feelings with the result of the game or if there's any hard tackles in the game," said Cicciarelli.
Cicciarelli helped Notre Dame capture the national championship last year. Four years ago he helped his high school win a state championship.
"It's more like a heart thing," said Bradley sophomore Alex Garcia, who played with Cicciarelli at PND. "He's trying to beat uis, we're trying to beat him. we're going to see how we hold p against him, he's a big, strong man."
Cicciarelli is widely considered to be among the best players ever at stories Notre Dame High School, which has won four state soccer championships.
"I look at Vince's awards, Vince's articls and Vince's pictures and use it as motivation," said Bradley freshman Grayson McGraw, who played briefly with Cicciarelli in high school. It's inspired me to be the player I am today."
The Braves and Irish square off at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the annual Danny Dahlquist benefit game, named after a former Notre Dame player who lost his life in a house fire during his freshman season at Bradley.