Prep boys soccer: GB Notre Dame ends TR's season

Prep boys soccer: GB Notre Dame ends TR's season

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Prep boys soccer: GB Notre Dame ends TR's season

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The Green Bay Notre Dame boys soccer team earned a 3-1 win over Two Rivers in a sectional semifinal at Ted Fritsch Field on Thursday night.

The Tritons were happy with their win over a Two Rivers team that finished third in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference this season, but there still is another level they can reach.

“I think tonight we got an unknown, we had never seen these guys play,” Notre Dame coach Bob Rickards said. “We had some scouting on them, but until you actually play the game and see what is going on, I think you’re cautious.

“You don’t want to make any mistakes.”

The Tritons made one small one, allowing a goal to senior midfielder/forward Tyler Shallow with 18 minutes, 32 seconds remaining.

Notre Dame still led by a goal thanks to first half scores from junior forward Kieran DeGroot and senior defender Patrick Thompson.

Just 30 seconds after Two Rivers scored, Notre Dame went back up by two on a goal from standout forward Michael LaTorre. It was his 23rd of the season, and it returned all the momentum the Tritons momentarily had lost.

Notre Dame controlled the ball for the most part and limited the damage of Two Rivers’ best players. But the Tritons didn’t pressure enough at times, which allowed Two Rivers to get back into the game if only for a brief time.

“We missed a lot of opportunities that we should have put away,” Rickards said. “I thought they came out and probably outhustled us at times.”

The Tritons finished second in the 12-team Fox River Classic Conference and have been a different squad since losing to Bay Port 3-0 in late August.

Rickards had a few things to say to his team after that loss, and it appeared to work. Notre Dame won four of its next five and lost just one conference game the rest of the way.

They also have played well in three tournament games, outscoring their opponents 18-1.

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