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The Fighting Irish and Colts couldn't find the netting Monday, finishing 0-0.

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Soccer - Girls - 5/8/2017 

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Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 0
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TROY — A strong day for defense spelled a fruitless day for offense as Pontiac Notre Dame Prep and Troy played to a scoreless, 0-0 draw Monday that left both sides pleased with some aspects of play, but not quite satisfied with the end result.

Neither team generated any Grade A scoring chances, as each side had to settle mostly for perimeter shots as corner kicks and other in-tight opportunities were limited by organized defenses.

Troy’s Lindsay Bolas and Notre Dame Prep’s Shannon Wood recorded tandem shutouts in goal.

The Colts (4-4-2) hit the crossbar once in each half and were quick to disrupt everything the Fighting Irish tried to do offensively, especially early in the contest.

“We played very well. We’re coming off a couple of stinging defeats where we were kind of lackluster. The girls pulled together today to play very aggressively, which is what we needed to do,” Troy coach Dan Troccoli said.

“We had our opportunities offensively. I think we had seven or eight shots. That’s soccer sometimes when you just can’t put one away. We went down to 10 players (in the second half) and we were able to hold them off the scoreboard and still stay organized and put some pressure on them.”

Playing its third game in four days, Notre Dame Prep (8-3-2) was also without its leading scorer, freshman Itala Gemelli, on Monday, both of which coach Jim Stachura said were reasons for a sluggish first half.

“We definitely got better as the game went along and we started to settle down to connect passes in the midfield. Target play was a little tricky today. Without Itala, we were a little lost in some aspects,” Stachura said.

“We really did a good job of keeping them off the scoreboard and they didn’t really have any good looks at our goal. Bolas made a couple of good saves for (Troy) to kind of stump us.”

As the defending state champions of Division 2, the Fighting Irish have had to adjust to some drastically different circumstances this season as the school no longer competes in the familiar Catholic League. The exit from the league afforded Stachura the opportunity to schedule freely against many of Oakland County’s top public schools, including Troy and many other bigger Division 1 teams.

“The last couple of years, the Catholic League had been a very difficult league to win,” Stachura said. “(Livonia) Ladywood has been strong, (Birmingham) Marian always is. (Warren) Regina too. This year, not playing some of those teams – especially twice – will benefit us because we can play others. We’re basically looking at the OAA Red and OAA White schedule and saying, we want to play the best of those leagues and all the best teams in the area. We’re not really worried about Division 1 or Division 2, but I think it benefits us in the long run, and it will make us more battled tested come playoffs.”

The Fighting Irish returned the vast majority of the starting lineup that helped capture the program’s first state title last spring, losing just two starters.

Last Updated: 5/8/2017 9:41:27 PM EST

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