PEORIA, Ill. — He’s getting ready for what he hopes is a state championship season at Notre Dame.
And Noah Madrigal knows he will be a marked man this fall.
“I know all the teams are coming after me. They know who I am,” Madrigal said. “I like having the target on my back. It will make me better.”
Madrigal was named an All-American after scoring 41 goals for the state runner-up Irish last fall.
“He doesn’t score all his goals the same way. He can score goals from close, from out, with his right foot, his left foot, his head,” said ND coach Mike Bare. “He passes as well as he scores. He’s a complete player. And it makes him different.”
Madrigal realizes this could be the most important summer of his life. He and teammate Myles Sophanavong will play in an All-American all-star game next month, he’s gearing up for his final season of high school soccer, while trying to figure out where he will play college soccer.
“I’m weighting my options, making sure I’m 100 percent sure on the university,” said madrigal. “It’s the next four years of my life, a big decision for me. I want to take my time.”
It’s the calm before the storm for Madrigal. He’s taking his time on his college decision, taking his time recovering from a spring injury and easing into his senior year.
“We’re taking things slowly, taking our time with things,” Madrigal said. “I get to sit back and watch the guys. See how they’re doing.”
Soon everyone will be watching him.