Scoring for cancer research
The Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team looked pretty good in pink.
The Lady Raiders ditched their traditional home attire in favor of pink shorts, pink wristbands and pink headbands as QND and Quincy High School took part in a “Pink Night” for breast cancer awareness during Tuesday’s crosstown showdown.
During warmups, both teams and coaching staffs wore pink t-shirts made to commemorate the event, and according to QND coach Mark Longo, more than 100 t-shirts were made and sold. The teams also raffled off two game balls — one autographed by the Lady Raiders, one signed by the Blue Devils.
Laurie Laaker, whose daughter, Megan, is a former QND player, helped organize the event.
“She deserves a big thanks for all of the help,” Longo said.
Injuries mount for QND
Two four-year varsity players and one of the Lady Raiders’ leading scorers hobbled off the field Tuesday night.
Senior midfielder Hilary Obert and junior forward Alex Reis both suffered slight ankle sprains. Reis walked off the pain of rolling her ankle, while Obert had her ankle re-taped. Both returned to the game shortly after suffering their injuries.
Jennifer Adam wasn’t as fortunate.
The senior midfielder was helped off the field late in the first half with a knee injury. An all-sectional pick a year ago, Adam had an assist on QND’s first goal. She will have her knee examined today.
“We hope she’s all right, hope she comes back, hope it’s not anything serious,” Longo said. “She’s been a big part of our program.”
A three-pronged attack
With each game, Longo is getting more comfortable and confident with a significant change in the Lady Raiders’ attack that has three forwards on the field at the same time.
The players are adapting, too.
“I like it a lot,” Obert said.
What’s there not to like. QND has scored 16 goals with hat tricks from three different forwards — Alex Reis had a trifecta against Jefferson City Helias, Leigh McLaughlin against Hannibal and Shannon Foley against QHS.
Foley became the second freshman to net a hat trick against the Blue Devils as McLaughlin did it two years ago in a 4-1 victory in the regional final.
“It’s pretty cool to have another freshman step up and do that because we always need people scoring,” Obert said.