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May 9, 2013

NDP soccer continues strong season with victory against Bishop Foley

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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NDP soccer continues strong season with victory against Bishop Foley
Notre Dame Prep's Taylor Timko attempts to make a play against Bishop Foley. The Fighting Irish came away with a 3-1 victory.

MADISON HEIGHTS — Pontiac Notre Dame Prep continued its impressive run through the Catholic High School League with a 3-1 victory against Madison Heights Bishop Foley May 9 at Foley.

The Fighting Irish move to 13-1-2 overall.

Although the Fighting Irish controlled the ball the majority of the first half, it wasn't until Taylor Stinson scored with under four minutes to play before they were able to capitalize on a scoring opportunity, giving Notre Dame a 1-0 lead at the half.

The Fighting Irish didn't waste much time in the second half, as Lindsey Klei scored  with 39:11 remaining, which was followed up by a goal by Rosella LoChirco less than two minutes later, giving Notre Dame  a 3-0 lead

Notre Dame came into the game having already clinched a CHSL Division 2 title.

"We've really turned a corner," coach Jim Stachura said. "This team is one that works extremely hard at training; it's a high-tempo training. We put a lot of time into the technical game.  We've been working on functional training to fix things I've seen in video. (We're) working on things like that, and I think that's starting to show."

While the result may not have been what Foley associate coach Aaron Miller was hoping for, he is seeing indications that his young squad is growing.

"We're dipping into our young freshmen (and) sophomores," he said. "We're putting a lot of pressure on them, and they are learning. We're plugging away, doing the best we can."

Senior Lauren Cross scored the Ventures lone goal with less than a minute to play in the game.

Foley (2-9-4 overall) is next scheduled to be in action at 1 p.m. May 11 against Grand Rapids Catholic Central at Aquinas College.

Notre Dame plays at 7:30 p.m. May 14 against Bloomfield Hills Marian at home.

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