ND Soccer...25 Plus Years of Success

Notre Dame has had a varsity soccer team since the Fall of 1988 when the sport made its debut. Since then, Notre Dame has fielded competitive teams year in and year out, having qualified for the CIAC state tournament in 10 of the last 11 seasons (20 overall), and winning at least 8 games in six of the last 11 years. The programs’ apex came in 1999 when that reached the state semifinals. An increasingly popular sport, the soccer program is led by the only coach in school history Rudy Raffone ‘62. Playing its games at Veteran’s Field in West Haven combined with the new practice fields at Notre Dame, the soccer team is one of the more popular teams and poised to continue its strong tradition of winning teams. Notre Dame competes in the ultra-competitive Southern Connecticut Conference, a league comprised of 23 schools in the greater-New Haven area that has won over 400 state championships since the league’s inception in 1994.

2016 - 7-6-5' CIAC Tournament Qualifier
2015 - 3-9-4
2014 - 9-6-3; CIAC Tournament Qualifier
2013 - 5-7-5; CIAC Tournament Qualifier
2012 - 4-7-6; CIAC Tournament Qualifier
2011 - 11-5-4; CIAC Tournament Qualifier; SCC Tournament Finalist
2010 - 8-7-2; CIAC Tournament Qualifier
2009 - 8-8-2; CIAC Tournament Qualifier
2008 - 12-7; CIAC Tournament Qualifier; SCC Tournament Qualifier
2007 - 4-8-5; CIAC Tournament Qualifier
2006 - 12-3-1; CIAC Tournament Qualifier
2005 - 5-7-4; CIAC Tournament Qualifier

Head Coach Rudy Raffone ‘62

The only head coach the school has known, Rudy Raffone ‘62 has guided the Green Knights to a 222-191-80 record since the program’s debut in 1988. 

Coach Raffone, who has earned an International B Coaching License from the Scottish Football Association, initiated a program from scratch and built it into one of the most competitive in the state. His teams have won eight SCC Quinnipiac division championships and qualified for the state tournament 20 times. He has coached 13 all-State players and guided the 1999 team to the semifinals of the Class L CIAC state tournament. He was named the 2002 Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association Coach of the Year.

Outside of soccer, Coach Raffone taught Math at Notre Dame for over 25 years before retiring from the classroom after the 2014-15 school year. While on staff, he served as moderator of the Varsity Club and organized student trips to Montreal annually to St. Joseph Oratory to help students connect to the Holy Cross Mission. He was also an assistant basketball coach for two seasons.

A successful baseball umpire, Coach Raffone was a college umpire, including working as a Division I umpire in several conferences, He was selected to work 11 NCAA Division 2 Regionals. He also worked games in the Cape Cod Summer League, had the privilege to umpire two All-Star Games at Fenway Park in Boston, and has worked games in the AA Eastern League as a fill-in.

Coach Raffone, and his wife, Patricia, reside in Westbrook and have four grown children, Rudy III, Keith, Krisanne and Scott. They love to spend time with their six grandchildren: Angelina Raffone, Isabella Raffone, Ariana Antonucci, Joseph Antonucci, William Raffone and Robert Raffone.

2016 Schedule and Results

Date Opponent Location Time Result
9/10/2016 West Haven West Haven HS 7:00 PM L, 1-0
9/12/2016 Ansonia Veterans Stadium 4:00 PM T, 1-1
9/16/2016 Cheshire Veterans Stadium 4:00 PM L, 1-0
9/19/2016 Hamden Hamden HS 7:00 PM W, 2-1
9/21/2016 Guilford Bitner Park 6:00 PM L, 1-0
9/23/2016 Cross Rice Field 3:45 PM L, 3-1
9/26/2016 East Haven Veterans Stadium 3:45 PM W, 4-0
9/30/2014 Sheehan Veterans Stadium 4:00 PM W, 2-0
10/4/2016 Harding Luis Munoz Marin School 4:00 PM T, 1-1
10/7/2016 West Haven Veterans Stadium 4:00 PM T, 1-1
10/12/2016 Cheshire Cheshire HS 6:00 PM T, 0-0
10/14/2016 Hamden Veterans Stadium 4:00 PM T, 1-1
10/17/2016 Guilford Veterans Stadium 4:00 PM L, 2-0
10/19/2016 Cross Veterans Stadium 3:45 PM W, 2-0
10/22/2016 East Haven East Haven HS 10:00 AM W, 4-1
10/24/2016 Sheehan Sheehan HS 6:00 PM W, 2-0
11/8/2016 Platt Tech (CIAC) Veterans Stadium 4:00 PM W, 1-0
11/10/2016 EO Smith (CIAC) EO Smith HS 4:00 PM L, 4-1
203-933-1673 x450 | rraffone@notredamehs.com

To Contact the Athletic Office
Tom Marcucci '66, Athletic Director
203-933-1673 x220 | athletics@notredamehs.com

Directions to ND Facilities

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