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Notre Dame boys soccer team moves on to Class 2 quarterfinals

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 ~ Updated 9:00 AM

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Notre Dame's Aaron Arnzen watches his header find the net as Hillsboro's David Graham defends during the second half of their Class 2 sectional game Tuesday in Hillsboro, Mo. The goal was Arnzen's second of the game and gave the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead. Additional photos can be viewed online at semoball.com.
(Fred Lynch)
HILLSBORO, Mo. -- Here is the story of how to beat three defenders on your own, how to score a gasp-inducing goal and to how to break your opponent's will.

Here is how Notre Dame senior Tyler Buelow won his team's Class 2 boys soccer sectional, even if more than seven minutes remained before the game officially was settled 3-1. Here is how he made sure his senior season didn't end at the feet of the Hillsboro Hawks.

"I just got my sub and I came into the game, and as a senior, I didn't want to lose this last game," Buelow said. "So I came in hard and I just wanted to score no matter what. I was just going all out for it."

Here's how he did it.

Buelow took possession of the ball just past midfield.

"I just saw the gap, and I just went for it," he said.

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Notre Dame's Aaron Arnzen heads a shot for the Bulldogs' first goal against Hillsboro. Logan Buchheit, left, watches as Hillsboro's Taylor Bridges defends.
With the ball at his feet, Buelow plowed ahead at full speed, surging straight down the middle of the field.

He passed the first defender with his speed as cries of "Stop the ball, stop the ball" came down from all directions in the Hillsboro cheering section.

"Then I touched it a little too far, but I stuck it out and got the other touch around the second guy," Buelow said.

With a third defender approaching, Buelow fanned out to his left, creating the angle he would need.

"I beat the last defender and just touched it into the corner," Buelow said, making the entire process seem implausibly simple.

His low shot ended up in the back right corner of the net. Notre Dame took a 2-1 lead and Buelow and his teammates celebrated.

"He's a special talent," Notre Dame coach Brad Wittenborn said, noting that Buelow has scored similar goals three or four times this season. "He's able to keep possession of the ball going through traffic like that and then has poise enough to place the ball past that keeper.

"We beat Cape Central on a very similar play, so it's not the first time we've seen that from Tyler. We actually saw him against some very good schools last summer in a team camp we went to up in St. Louis. I knew that he would find his spot and do that for us."

The score was the crescendo of a hectic second half for Notre Dame during which Hillsboro scored a goal to tie the game 1-1 with 14 minutes, 15 seconds left to play.

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Notre Dame's Aaron Arnzen, left, heads the ball over Hillsboro's Timothy Adams as Notre Dame's Matthew Parsons watches during the first half of the Class 2 sectional game Tuesday in Hillsboro, Mo.
(Fred Lynch)
"The goal that they got, we had about three mistakes in a row, one compounded the other," Wittenborn said. "We had a bad throw in and then the ball came back and then instead of just making a good pass out we tried to hammer the ball out. It hit them and bounced behind us and then they had the break in."

Notre Dame will play St. Mary's in the quarterfinals Saturday.

The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead into halftime thanks to a goal from junior Aaron Arnzen with just more than two minutes to go in the first half.

Notre Dame assistant coach Matt Vollink called a set play after a Hillsboro foul, and Arnzen finished it to perfection with a header into the goal.

"I was getting ready to run in and he was like, 'Start now,'" Arnzen said. "So I started going in and look what happened."

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Notre Dame's Jonathon Clements works against Hillsboro's Ryan Battles during the first half.
Wittenborn said Arnzen is one of the Bulldogs' best players in the air.

"I don't think there's any accident that that happens," Wittenborn said. "Those guys work on those kinds of plays and take pride in developing those skills in addition to the foot skills."

Arnzen also scored Notre Dame's final goal with three minutes left in the game on another set piece.

"I was going to take it then Logan Buchheit came up to me and said, 'No, let me take it. You're a little bit better at headers.' He was like, 'Let's see what happens,'" Arnzen said. "So I go out there and I just ran in near post. Same thing -- flicked it back post and it was in."

The score put an exclamation point on the victory Buelow had all but sealed a few minutes earlier.

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Notre Dame's Tyler Buelow celebrates his second-half goal against Hillsboro in their Class 2 sectional game Tuesday in Hillsboro, Mo.
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"Just as a senior, you've got to know not to panic," Buelow said of his reaction to the equalizing goal. "Just keep it up and just be there to support your team and just be there to show them that you're not letting down. Just help them push through."

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What a great story!!! Tyler really is an amazing player, and congrats to his for having wonderful game to add to his accomplishments his senior year.

As for Aaron, those scores produce a lot of excitement for the crowd, and I'm sure Notre Dame is glad he'll be around next year

Good luck to the Notre Dame team!!! You guys play well and represent your town well. We'll be pulling for you!

-- Posted by sayswho? on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 10:56 AM

Great story!

-- Posted by joefrank78 on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 8:32 PM

atleast some school down here can go up north and show what we have down here since cape central coaching is the worst that it has ever been. Elizabeth Fleer is a joke.

-- Posted by motorcycle_man on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 9:55 PM

Fleer doesn't coach boys soccer at Central

-- Posted by bulletman on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 4:46 PM

She does the jv boys

-- Posted by motorcycle_man on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 5:08 PM

To Joe Frank: Jackson is bringing Class 3 powerhouse SLUH down. How does that factor in? Class 3 in St Louis is much more impressive than Class 2.

-- Posted by gas on Fri, Nov 12, 2010, at 8:41 AM

Correction...that is To Motorcycle_man

-- Posted by gas on Fri, Nov 12, 2010, at 8:42 AM

Let's get real here. Truth is, there is no comparison between the top MO Class 2 and Class 3 teams. Class 3 CBC, Vianney, SLUH are loaded with national champions and Gallagher Academy players. How is it that Jackson defeated ND 5 of the last 6 appearances 2009 and 2010 (ND never scoring one goal in 3 games this season outside of OT PK's), JHS got waxed by Vianney 8-0 in 2009... Traveled together all winter, spring and summer with SMSC and now make the quarterfinals... Now the true test is SLUH. That is your GREAT story joefrank.

-- Posted by gas on Fri, Nov 12, 2010, at 8:53 AM

SLUH will kill jackson. Just like gas said you have nothing but gallagher kids on those teams and then you factor in that jackson plays no one that is on that same level as SLUH. Who knows tho since they are coming down here to play on the crappy field and not SLUH's perfect field. Jackson might have a advantage.

-- Posted by motorcycle_man on Fri, Nov 12, 2010, at 1:27 PM

why does everyone think gallagher is some pedestal upon which you should place these kids? all it means is they have money sure a lot of them are decent but its mainly the money. ive been on multiple teams out of Southeast MO that have fed those gallagher teams their own lunch. also i think its funny how Hillsboro gets dropped out of Jackson old district and into notre dame's, its like theyre collecting all the trash that cant hang in Class 3. and if class 2 is filled with such trash why does winning the class 2 championship mean anything? o yah it doesnt

-- Posted by BroadwayDrew on Fri, Nov 12, 2010, at 2:50 PM

I seriously doubt there are any teams in SEMO that can hang with the "academy" teams in St. Louis...Sure we can beat some of the club teams but I have watched many academy teams destroy SMSC teams over the past 8 years..Not sure when you played but doubt they were handed their lunch. Hillsboro probably got moved out because reclassification put them in class 2 because of enrollment..Just like Central got moved back to Class 4 in football this year...Farmington was the cream of the crop around the area in class 2 but got beat in OT in districts. They were 19-2

going into districts.

-- Posted by bulletman on Fri, Nov 12, 2010, at 3:53 PM

I am not putting anyone up on a pedestal...I am saying in the stl area they are the best. They pulled out of SLYSA and started their own league and have been very successful. I was up there for the friendlies over labor day. There were Chicago teams that destroyed gallagher. Also I agree with bulletman that farmington was the best in the area.

-- Posted by motorcycle_man on Fri, Nov 12, 2010, at 6:46 PM

There are plenty of SMSC teams that are playing Gallagher teams and beating them.Been there seen it.The training that the SMSC teams get is at the least the same if not better.If Jackson and or Notre Dame get beat no big deal.They won their district.You have to wonder where most people posting on here are from.No matter where yougo or went to school you should be rooting for both Jackson and Notre Dame.I know I am

-- Posted by gatsman on Fri, Nov 12, 2010, at 7:10 PM

gatsman--I am from Cape and will be cheering for Jackson and ND...there are many gallagher teams..we are talking about the academy teams within the gallagher organization...my son has also beaten gallagher and busch teams but NOT the academy teams...they are the elite of the elite..It's not like SMSC that only has 1 team in each age division...they have 4 or 5 teams in the same division in addition to their academy teams..

-- Posted by bulletman on Fri, Nov 12, 2010, at 7:52 PM

Wow both local teams got beat. Both pretty bad.

-- Posted by motorcycle_man on Sat, Nov 13, 2010, at 10:29 PM


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