Washington kept the game scoreless past the midway point of the first half, but state power Peoria Notre Dame proved to be too strong for the Public League squad.
Notre Dame scored twice before halftime Tuesday night and went on to a 4-0 victory in the Class 2A Lemont Supersectional.
“You cannot afford to make any mistakes against those guys,’’ Washington coach Alvaro Perez said. “It was an honor to play Peoria Notre Dame. They’ve been here so many times. This was a first for us at this level. It was David vs. Goliath.’’
Notre Dame (20-2-2) advances to the semifinals Friday to face Wheaton Academy. Washington finished 15-2-1.
Ben Fiddes opened the scoring when he got behind the defense on a breakaway for a 1-0 lead with 9:34 to play in the first half.
“We were a little disappointed it took us so long to find the net, but I was proud of the fact that once we did we stayed on it and got a second one,’’ said Notre Dame coach Mike Bare, whose team has outscored the opposition 14-3 in the postseason.
Drew Whalen made it 2-0 when he moved in from the right side and maneuvered around four players to score with 5:40 to play until halftime.
Alex Garcia’s goal from about 25 yards out gave Notre Dame a 3-0 lead with 28:27 left in the game. J.J. Slomba completed the scoring with a nice assist from Grant Inskeep midway through the half.
“Throughout the regional and sectional we were able to come back, but against these guys you just can’t,’’ Perez said. “But I never thought this would come about, to get this far.’’
“We tried our best, but the ball didn’t go in the net,’’ Washington forward Rafael Alarcon said. “I’ve been on the varsity since freshman year and to get this far was nice. We worked really hard for this. Unfortunately someone always has to lose.’’