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Bishop Noll boys soccer

Bishop Noll advanced to the Class 2A state finals.

SOUTH BEND — Bishop Noll was watching Twitter on the way home last week from winning the Mishawaka Marian regional title. They wanted Fort Wayne Concordia.

The Cadets beat the Warriors 1-0 in last season’s semistate and Noll wanted some payback.

Noll got exactly that with a 3-2 win in the Class 2A semistate Saturday.

“To get a little bit of retribution feels great,” coach Quinn Cloghessy said. “They always said all season, ‘Man, if we get another shot at Concordia, that’d be great.’”

Junior Alonso Soto scored the go-ahead goal in the 63rd minute off of Bruno Zamora’s corner kick. The Warriors faithful erupted.

Bishop Noll (19-2) got some insurance with Zamora’s goal about two minutes after Soto’s.

“I just saw so much open space and everything just slowed down. It was just like one second slowed down to 10,” Zamora said. “I looked up and I seen the goal and I was like ‘This is it, baby.’ I just ripped one.”

Zamora’s score was important because Adam Gottschalk scored a goal just two minutes later for Concordia.

“We were so heartbroken last year,” Zamora said. “We wanted a rematch. We weren’t content with what happened last year and we wanted it to be (Concordia).”

Elijah Zillman put the Cadets (16-5-1) up with a goal in the 31st minute. The junior midfielder beat a few Noll defenders in the box and pushed it into the nylon.

It was the game’s first shot on goal but it was the only score the Warriors allowed while Concordia had a significant wind at its back in the first half.

“I trust my two captains with whatever they tell me and they said ‘Hey, we’re going to take the wind against us in the first half,’” Cloghessy said. “We saw the attacks that were building with the wind against us, so I knew we were in good favor. And I knew once we had that wind, it was going to break open for us.”

Jaime Hernandez tied things up in the 51st minute when he found a ball about 25 yards out on a rebound. The sophomore rocketed the ball into the net to even things 1-1.

Bishop Noll will play in its first-ever state championship next weekend.

“It feels so good. The whole work from summer to here, it’s all been for this,” Zamora said. “We’re not satisfied. This was not our goal. This was part of the process but we’re not done, yet.”

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