Welcome to Flinn Stadium, home of tonight’s Class AA Quincy Regional championship game between top-seeded Quincy Notre Dame (16-2-3) and fourth-seeded Quincy High School (15-4-2).
Final — QND 0, QHS 0 (QND wins on penalty kicks, 4-3)
The Lady Raiders (17-2-3) will face Springfield Sacred-Heart Griffin at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the QND field in a sectional semifinal game. The Lady Raiders handed the Blazers a 2-1 loss earlier this season.
Sudden death penalty kicks (teams must match each other)
Teams are still shooting toward the east goal
QND’s Alicia Bower — Good, going to her right and just out of Senator’s reach (QND, 4-3)
QHS’s Taylor Nell — Missed high. QND wins in penalty kicks.
Penalty kick shootout:
Teams are shooting toward the east goal.
QND’s Alex Reis — Good. Low shot to her right. (QND 1-0)
QHS’s Ali Hoffman — Missed. Off the crossbar.
QND’s Mercedee Esterlein — Good. Shot high but good over Brittany Senator (QND, 2-0)
QHS’s Amy Schwartz — Good, going to her right (QND, 2-1)
QND’s Erin Thomas — Good, going to her left (QND, 3-1)
QHS’s Katie Cannady — Missed, wide left.
QND’s Trianna Stark — Missed. Save by Senator.
QHS’s Haley Womack — Good, low left past Megan Rabe. (QND, 3-2)
QND’s Leigh McLaughlin — Missed, wide right.
QHS’s Katie Runyon — Good, over the top of Rabe (Tied, 3-3)
Fourth OT notes:
Thirty seconds into the fourth overtime, QHS’s Katie Runyon got past the QND defense and put a shot on goal on the low, left side, but the ball went wide of the net.
QHS had another chance in the final 20 seconds. Haley Womack going up the right side and centered the ball but QND keeper Megan Rabe beat Katie Cannady to the ball to end the threat.
Third OT notes:
The center official, Matt Hillhouse, stopped play with 5:03 left after hurting his leg. After receiving treatment, he went to a sideline and Keith Gerhardt took over in the middle.
QHS’s Brittany Senator made three saves as QND had five shots in the third overtime.
Second OT notes:
QND forward Leigh McLaughlin had to be helped off the field with 7:26 left after a scrum in the box. She got tied up with a QHS defender. She did not return. QND’s best scoring chance came with 10 seconds on a cross from the right side by Alex Reis. The ball ended up untouched in the middle of the box before QHS keeper Brittany Senator covered it.
First OT notes:
Both teams had scoring chances. Three minutes in, Mercedee Esterlein of QND had a header off an Erin Thomas cross go wide. With 3:41 to play, QHS’s Katie Runyon crossed the ball into the box, the ball bounced around to Haley Wommack, whose shot went high.
Erin Thomas got inside the QHS defense and went one-on-one with sweeper Ali Hoffman, carried the ball to the top of the box, turned to shoot and her shot blocked by Kristen Muehlenfeld with 2:50 left. The rebound went to Hilary Obert, who ripped a shot from about 25 yards right into Brittany Senator’s chest.
QND outshot QHS 7-4 in regulation. QND committed 18 fouls to 13 for Quincy High School.
Not much in the way of offense for either team. QHS had three shots and QND finished with two. QND was whistled for nine fouls and QHS for six as play was physical in the midfield.
The best scoring opportunity of the half belonged to QND. With 12:30 left in the half, Erin Thomas dribbled up the right side, passed two QHS defenders and hit a low shot on goal that defender Kristin Dreasler cleared out of the goalmouth.
There were a couple of interesting story lines going into tonight’s game:
1 — Can QND continue its dominance of QHS?
The Blue Devils
have not beat QND since the sectional title game in 1999. Since then,
QND is 18-0-3 vs. QHS, including a 1-0-1 mark this season.
2 — Win one for the skipper
Quincy High School is trying
to extend the coaching career of Bill Sanders, who is resigning after
the season to take over as the school’s athletic director.
3 — Heading back home
QND’s incentive to win rides with
the fact it is playing host to the sectional next week. Nothing would
be worse than having the dance at your place and not being invited to