TriCounty The bare facts are these: the Notre Dame boys shelled Norridge Ridgewood 8-0 to collect the Class 2A title in the most lopsided state championship soccer match in IHSA history.
That led to the 26-1 Irish’s No. 4 national ranking in the final fall poll conducted by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), behind only unbeaten teams from Cleveland, Ohio; Carmichael, Calif.; and Hyattsville, Md.
In fourth-year Notre Dame coach Mike Bare’s opinion, those are among the factors that make the 2010 Irish "the greatest sports team ever to come out of the Peoria area."
Since Bare’s declaration at an assembly in November at the high school, Irish senior forward Vince Cicciarelli has been named to the NSCAA’s 77-player all-America team.
The bare facts are these: the Notre Dame boys shelled Norridge Ridgewood 8-0 to collect the Class 2A title in the most lopsided state championship soccer match in IHSA history.
This East Peoria native and Spalding ('82) graduate took the Irish to the 1982 state finals before obtaining an industrial engineering degree from Northwestern where he was an All-Big Ten catcher in 1985 and 1986. Drafted in the 5th round MLB draft by the Chicago Cubs, Joe turned a successful major league playing career into a managerial career, first as bench coach of the New York Yankees, and recently as manager of the Florida MarIin.