After a scoreless first half, the Notre Dame football team erupted for 33-14 win at Branford, cross-country runs well in a pair of events and soccer earns a tie with North Haven.
Cross-Country — Oliver Shannon didn’t let a sneaker that fell off deter his effort or concentration in the Nonnewaug Invitational on Friday. Shannon, who was racing in the top 10 when his sneaker fell off in a sofft area of the course, fell all the way into the 80’s while remedying the problem. Shannon got back into gear and wound up as the top Green Knight runner, climbing back to 16th overall in a time of 18:37. As a team, Notre Dame finished third among the 12 teams that participated. Earlier in the week, the harriers beat Foran in a quad meet in Milford on Monday. Tommy Minar ran third overall to help the Green Knights beat Foran at Milford’s Eisenhower Park. Minar ran a personal best time of 17:30 on the 3.05 mile course. His time helped Notre Dame beat Foran (15-49). The Green Knights were competitive against fellow SCC schools Daniel Hand (26-31 loss) and Fairfield Prep (22-33 loss). Notre Dame is 5-4 on season and runs next against West Haven on October 10.
Football — After a scoreless first half, Tyler Basti ignited a Notre Dame offense that produced five touchdowns as the Green Knights won their second game of the season with a 33-14 win over previously undefeated Branford on Friday. Basti ran for 163 yards on 24 carries scoring two touchdowns. Notre Dame outgained Branford, 403-162, and ran 72 offensive plays to the Hornets’ 51 while maintaining time of possession for almost 30 minutes. Notre Dame’s run defense was stout holding Branford to only 42 yards on the ground while also winning third down as Branford only converted one of 11 third-down opportunities. Notre Dame had 24 first downs compared to Branford’s 12. The Green Knights now get a week off as the SCC takes its bye week. Notre Dame returns to action on Friday, October 12 when they travel to Middletown to take on Xavier in a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Soccer — Playing their seventh straight road game to start the season, the Notre Dame soccer team used goals from Matthew Consorte and Thomas Ellis to earn a 2-2 tie with North Haven last Thursday. Consorte scored on a rebound goal in the first half while Ellis scored on a great feed from Nicholas Vitti in the second half. Notre Dame rallied from an early 2-0 deficit against Law on Friday to tie the game on scores from Consorte and Christian Lombardo before falling 3-2. Notre Dame has played its first eight games on the road but now that Veterans Field is ready, its final eight games will be played at home starting with its Tuesday contest with West Haven before hosting Branford on Friday.
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