Fall sports season is winding down at Notre Dame. Cross country season is over with many of those athletes preparing for winter track. Football loses late lead falling to Cross on Senior Night and soccer makes post-season but loses to Berlin in opening round.
Football Loses to Cross on Senior Night — It wasn’t the Senior Night the Class of 2018 football seniors were hoping for. After a pre-game ceremony recognizing the seniors and their families, the Notre Dame football team set forth trying to walk off Veterans Field with a win in their final home game of their careers.
Notre Dame led 7-6 until there was 1:44 left in the third quarter. That’s when Sal Barnabei connected with Kwane Taylor on a 10-yard touchdown pass giving Cross a lead it would never relinquish.
The Green Knights (2-6) had a pair of drives inside Cross territory to try and tie the game during the fourth quarter, only to see drives thwarted by a costly turnover and giving the ball over on downs. Cross (6-2) then put the game away with a pair of touchdowns within one minute of each other in the final three minutes of the game to seal the win.
Notre Dame was led offensively by Chris Elias who threw for 96 yards and ran for 51 yards on the ground on 13 carries. Isaiah Kane accounted for Notre Dame’s score on a 1-yard leaping touchdown with 2:36 left in the first half. Notre Dame returns to action traveling to play Shelton on Friday, November 10 in a 7 p.m. kickoff at Finn Stadium. The Green Knights will then conclude its season in the annual Green Bowl game with Hamden on Thanksgiving morning.
Soccer falls in tournament — The 24th-seeded Notre Dame soccer team looked to keep its season alive when it traveled to face 9th-seeded Berlin in the opening round of the CIAC Class L tournament Monday night.
The Redcoats proved to be too much scoring in the first seven minutes of the game in its eventual 3-0 win. Berlin’s first goal came just 7:33 into the game on a beautiful goal by Noah Silverman. Notre Dame steadied the game and created some scoring chances early in the second half but couldn’t get the equalizer.
Berlin then adding two goals within one minute of each other midway through the second half to pull away. Notre Dame goalie Rory Schreck made several spectacular saves to keep Notre Dame in the game.
The Green Knights, who finished the season with a 5-6-6 record, reached the CIAC Tournament for the second time in a row and for the 9th time in the last 10 years. Since 2000, Coach Raffone’s squad has reached the state tournament 14 times.
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