The Maple Leafs’ defense was stellar, but a relentless Peoria Notre Dame offensive attack was enough for the Irish to sneak past Geneseo 1-0 at the Class 2A Galesburg Regional on Oct. 21.

The Maple Leafs’ defense was stellar, but a relentless Peoria Notre Dame offensive attack was enough for the Irish to sneak past Geneseo 1-0 at the Class 2A Galesburg Regional on Oct. 21.

Peoria Notre Dame’s Declan Dillon was able to push across a score battling through contact in the 12th-minute.

The rest of the day was a highlight reel for Geneseo sophomore keeper Zach Bauer.

GHS’ Bauer finished with 13 saves with fives stops in the opening 20 minutes of the first half.

“He kept us in the game,” Geneseo Coach Harvey Morton said. “They had some good shots in the wind, and he was on it from word go. I can’t say enough about him. He had an excellent game.”

After an initial burst of firing shots on net, Peoria Notre Dame slowed things down and settled in and maintained possession while keeping the pressure up with quality chances.

However, the Geneseo defense continued to make enough plays to keep them in the game.

Geneseo defender Braden Robinson kept PND off the scoreboard blocking a close quarters shot with his body in the 17th minute.

Early in the second half, the Maple Leafs’ Carson Cocquit had a shot just slip wide of the post, but Geneseo was unable to get possession away from the Irish.

“Offensively is where they took us out of our game,” Morton said. “We try to possess and hit some feet, and we didn’t capitalize on that. They are a very aggressive and tactically sound team. They kept the pressure on us moving the ball and took us out of what we wanted to do.”

Morton was pleased with the progress the team made this season.

Geneseo allowed just one goal in the final three games of the season, and the Maple Leafs finished the season with a 10-10 record.