No. 10 Notre Dame-West Burlington blanks No. 13 Mediapolis in boys soccer

Aidan Krell (5) of Notre Dame-West Burlington clears the ball against Rafael Narcisco (10) of Mediapolis on Thursday April 21, 2022 in Mediapolis.

MEDIAPOLIS – The Brazilian national soccer team calls soccer “the beautiful game”.

While the Notre Dame-West Burlington High School boys’ soccer team certainly doesn’t compare to multiple world champions Brazil, the game the Nikes played in Thursday’s 8-0 win over Mediapolis was certainly a thing of beauty.

The 10th-ranked Nikes looked like the defending Class 1A champions against 13th-ranked Mediapolis, scoring four goals in each half and using a fast, sharp passing game to wear down the young Bulldogs at the Mediapolis Athletic Complex.

That night, the Nikes played their own version of “The Beautiful Game.”

“You have to tire the other team. We do it so we don’t have to work so hard. Making those passes helps us work less,” said Notre Dame-West Burlington senior midfielder Parker Davis, who scored three goals and had three assists. “It’s better than last year, if I’m being honest. We had so many times where we were one-on-one with the goalkeeper, then pass to the side and let someone else finish it off. It’s the perfect way to play.”

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