By Josh Staloch
GREEN BAY – The Notre Dame Academy boys’ soccer team improved its season record to 9-1-1 overall and 5-0-1 in FRCC play after a dominating 10-0 victory April 20 over Ashwaubenon.
It was an FRCC contest controlled by the Tritons from the start.
The home team jumped out to a 7-0 lead at the halfway point with its suffocating display of offense.
“In a game like this, we wanted to focus on our possession,” said Notre Dame head coach Michael Prudisch. “We wanted to knock the ball around and get comfortable. We’ve been working on our combination play going to the goal, trying to use different things to get the ball into the back of the net.”
Notre Dame’s technical style of play opened things up early.
The team got its second score of the contest in the 11th minute on a play that saw Sam Limoni bring the ball up the right side of the Ashwaubenon zone before dumping it to Christian Martinez in the middle.
Martinez, a senior and a captain for the Tritons, then made a nice pass to John Sack, who put the ball in the back of the net from the left side of the goal.
The goals kept coming for Notre Dame, as its offense was clicking on all cylinders.
Connor Handrick scored off of a well-managed play from the corner for the team’s fifth tally.
Not long after, Isaac Delvaux lofted a touch shot over the Ashwaubenon keeper for a 6-0 lead.
“Mission accomplished,” Prudisch said. “We managed to put 10 goals away, and the possession was good for us. We feel good about this result, and we’ll carry it into (our next game).”
Notre Dame goalie Omar Cendejas went mostly unchallenged thanks to great work from his team’s defense.
With 30 minutes left to play, Cendejas changed roles and joined the Notre Dame offensive attack.
With the game in hand, the Tritons made every effort to get Cendejas the ball with an opportunity to score.
Three times, Cendejas put a shot on goal, only to have the ball catch the top bar and sail out of bounds.
His fourth attempt, with the game at 9-0, proved to be the one, as Cendejas ended the game five minutes early by taking a pass from Aaron Hernandez and putting it past the Ashwaubenon keeper for the final margin.