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This year’s ND soccer team is playing well on and off the field in so many ways.
On the field, the Bulldogs are 4-1-1 after defeating Mansfield on penalty kicks to take the consolation game in the 2015 Ice Bowl Tournament in Richardson.
In earlier tournament action, ND tied Adamson 1-1 Saturday morning, fell to North Garland 5-0 on Friday and defeated Mansfield 2-1 on Thursday night at Eagle-Mustang field in Richardson.
“It was a great tournament,” ND soccer Coach Brad Namdar said in an email. “A lot of learning and we grew as a team.”
Off the field, the Bulldogs activities include:
* Senior Jonathan Guerrero was one of MaxPreps’ Players of the Week for Dec. 29-Jan. 4;
* 16 players made the honor roll;
* six players have commited to play college soccer;
* and the team has maintained 100 percent grade eligibility.
The Bulldogs open district play at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, against Hillcrest at Franklin Field. The Ice Bowl Tournament is the tune-up for district play.
“I believe that all of the teams we will be facing are of quality so [this tournament] will prepare us for district play,” said Namdar, in his first season as head coach.
Playing the late game Thursday was be similar to the 8 p.m. district games, Namdar said.
“This will give me an idea of where our energy level is, mindset is regarding tactics, etc., at that point of the evening,” Namdar said.
The Bulldogs goals were scored by Inocencia Velasquez, who scored in the first half, and then Anthony Peralta, who scored the game-winning goal with an assist from Velasquez. Jossue Juarez was in goal for ND.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of my guys,” Namdar said. “Upon arrival at NDHS, I knew that these boys had it in them. They just needed a stable team set of rules and accountability that was structured without any room for interpretation. Then the boys did the rest.
“I am very proud of them, but I still know they can do a lot better.”