MILWAUKEE (WLUK) -- Less than three minutes into Friday's Division 3 state semifinal Grace Shaw found the back of the net against Sugar River and it set the tone of the rest of the match.
Fueled by Shaw's goal, Notre Dame went on to set a Division 3 state record with 28 shots, surpassing its previous record, as the Tritons beat Sugar River 3-0 at Uihlein Soccer Park Friday.
"I think that helped us out a lot because after that we were really able to move the ball around for most of the game," coach Bob Rickards said. "We were able to move the ball around and that's good. We were able to maintain possession, keep the ball away from them, limit their chances of scoring so that's a key."
"It was a very important statement goal.," Notre Dame senior Trudty Quidzinski said. "It told the other team like we're here to play, we're going to keep coming after you. No matter how long the game is we're going to stay here until we win."
After Shaw's goal there was 75 minutes of nothing until finally Quidzinski hit the back of the net. Quidzinski wasn't marked and had plenty of chances as she had 12 shots..
Notre Dame (16-5-1) later received another goal from Shaw as it advances to Saturday's title match against Catholic Memorial, which has won five straight state titles.
"Feels good," said Shaw, who injured an ankle during the match. ".Finishing this game with a good win is nice. Checklist. Check on the list. Tomorrow is our main goal. We're going to go tonight and mentally prepare for it and get our bodies ready to go."
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