The Notre Dame football and cross-country teams garnered their first wins of their respective seasons as week two of the fall sports season unfolded last week.
Cross-Country — Tommy Minar was Notre Dame’s top runner placing 15th overall as the cross country team garnered its first win of 2018 in its second-annual “home” meet at Hamden’s Town Park Course on September 12. Minar completed the race in a time of 18:26. He was followed by Oliver Shannon and Anthony Bruno as the Green Knights top three finishers. Shannon ran 23rd overall in 18:48 while Bruno finished in 19:25 good enough for 27th overall. Notre Dame defeated Lyman Hall 25-34 while falling to both Amity and Xavier by 15-50 scores. The cross country team ran against Hamden, East Haven, and North Haven this past Monday and will race in the Sloper Relays in Southington on Friday afternoon.
Football — Warren Murphy ran for 200 yards and two touchdowns as the Notre Dame football team beat New London, 33-19, in its “home” opener at Jonathan Law HS Friday. Murphy’s second touchdown, a 44-yard scamper, put the finishing touches on the win. Notre Dame’s defense made three fourth-down stops, two inside the Green Knights 10-yard line in the first quarter, that set the tone for the game. Jackson Zalinsky ran for two scores and threw for another as the Green Knights evened their record at 1-1 on the season. They host West Haven Friday night in the annual city-rights bragging rights Soderman Bowl Game.
Soccer — Shane Mufarinya and Nicholas Vitti scored against Cross on Friday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough as the Governors tallied three second-half goals in its 4-2 win over Notre Dame. Mufarinya’s goal was a perfectly paced lob shot that tied the game 1-1 with less than a minute left in the first half. Earlier in the week, Branford beat Notre Dame 3-0. Goalie Jay Brennan has played well in net and made several diving saves to keep the Green Knights in the game against Branford before the Hornets scored twice late in the second half to pull away. The soccer team had two games this past week, playing Hillhouse on Tuesday and Daniel Hand on Thursday.
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