Peoria Notre Dame (8-3) never trailed Saturday night and ran all over the Macomb Bombers (9-2) 41-21 in the second round of the IHSA Class 4A playoffs at historic Peoria Stadium. Irish junior running back Aaron Sanders led ND with 121 yards, on 11 carries and sophomore Andy Shadid rushed for three touchdowns. Quarterback Dom Comfort had a TD and 51 of the teams 260 yards on the ground. Macomb was led by senior running back Jarod Rockhold with 163 yards rushing and a 87 yard run for a touchdown. The Irish advance to the third round of the playoffs and square-off against top ranked Rochester (10-1) November 10th at home.
Peoria Notre Dame jumped to a two goal lead by half time and finished with a 4-1 IHSA Class 2A Chillicothe Regional Soccer Title victory over Dunlap High School Saturday afternoon. Senior Grant Inskeep led the Irish with two goals, and Alex Garcis had three assists who outshot the Eagles 19-4. Sophomore Austin Cross scored Dunlap’s only goal of the game. The Irish will host the Washington Panthers at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Notre Dame Sectional.
Junior Keegan Balle recorded an assist for both teams as the #25 Bradley University Soccer team opened the preseason with a 1-1 draw in the annual Red-White Scrimmage Saturday night at Peoria Notre Dame High School. Playing three 25-minute periods with juggling lineups, defense dominated the night on the site of Bradley’s first-ever game as a NCAA Division I program 25 years ago. The first 25-minute segment saw the top defensive group go head-to-head against the top attacking unit and the defensive group stood strong as both sides managed just one shot in the first period. The second period featured a prominently veteran Red squad against a newcomer-dominated White side. The veterans earned the advantage, though with a little help from a freshman. In a sequence that started in the defensive half in the 32nd minute, the Red side built possession up the left flank toward midfield. Freshman Joe Morales kept a Ross Williams centering ball moving forward to Balle, who sprang Wojciech Wojcik with a pass through the center of the defense. Wojcik beat redshirt freshman keeper Shay Niemeyer to the ball at the top of the 18 and chipped the sliding White team keeper with a shot that rolled just inside the right post for a 1-0 Red team lead at 31:44. The 2012 Braves will face outside competition for the first time Tuesday when they host Dayton in a 7:30 p.m. exhibition game at Morton’s McClallen Park. Click here to view more images and purchase photo’s.
Saturday, Aug. 11 | Peoria, Ill. | Peoria Notre Dame H.S.
Red 1, White 1
Red, 31:44, Wojciech Wojcik (Keegan Balle, Joe Morales), Chipped keeper at the top of the box to right post
White, 74:40, Jochen Graf (Balle, Grant Bell), 30-yard blast from right flank inside left post
Shots: Red 7, White 8
Shots on Goal: Red 3, White 2
Corner Kicks: Red 2, White 5
Saves: Red 1, White 2
Offsides: Red 0, White 0
Red: Brian Billings (25 minutes, 1 save, 0 GA); Logan Ketterer (25 minutes, 0 saves, 0 GA); Raciel Ocampo (25 minutes, 0 saves, 1 GA)
White: Shay Niemeyer (25 minutes, 1 save, 1 GA); Raciel Ocampo (25 minutes, 1 save, 0 GA); Logan Ketterer (25 minutes, 0 saves, 0 GA).
Notre Dame (12-7-1) looking to capture their 11th consecutive regional title easily defeated Manual Academy 8-0. The Lady Irish were led in scoring by Mackinsay Manning with three goals, two apiece from Keeghen O’Brien and Elizabeth Mills and one from Elizabeth Frampton. Jenna Ashley and Ruthie Bertram were flawless in goal. Notre Dame will face Richwoods (8-10-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in the IHSA regional championship.
The Peoria Notre Dame Irish softball team defeated the Dunlap Eagles 9-5 behind the pitching and hitting of Mikkinzie Stokes. She belted a three-run homer over the left center field fence in the top of the first inning staking the Irish with a 3-0 lead. Mikkinzie also added a double going 2-for-2 with four RBIs at the plate, while striking out 11 Eagle batters. Abby Akright and Dana Jablonski combined for five hits and four RBIs for Dunlap. Click Here to View More Photo’s.