Prep Boys Soccer

'Our best performance:' Raiders blitz Senators in first half in rout

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 14, 2018 1:05 am

QUINCY -- Greg Reis was surprised by the final score.

The Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer coach expected a tight game Thursday night against Springfield. Instead, the Raiders scored four goals in the first 16 minutes and routed the Senators 6-0 at Advance Physical Therapy Field.

"We've been looking for a complete-game performance for a long time," Reis said. "This was by far our best performance. When you get that many goals against a quality team, there's a little bit of luck on your side, but I thought our forwards played exceptionally well."

The Raiders (8-3-1) felt equally thrilled with their effort.

"We heard (Springfield) was going to be really good and knew we had to come out strong," junior defender Paul Cornwell said. "It just seems to work when we play at that level."

QND is efficient, too.

The Raiders scored on their first shot when senior midfielder Peyton Stegeman headed in a corner kick sent it by senior forward Mitchell Murphy less than four minutes into the game. Six minutes later, Murphy scored from 10 yards away on the Raiders' second shot for a 2-0 advantage.

Murphy added his second goal in the 15th minute on a strike from 30 yards out that flew inside the far post, giving the Raiders three goals on four shots.

Senior forward Sam Nudo was brought down in the box just seconds after Murphy's second goal, and Stegeman converted the penalty kick to make it 4-0.

Senior forward Colby Kapp finished the first-half drubbing when he received a long through ball, dribbled past a Springfield defender and fired a shot inside the near post for a 5-0 lead with 15 minutes until halftime.

"Last night, we had 30 shots and just couldn't finish," Murphy said. "Everything in the first half clicked together. When you fire in two goals right away, you know you have to keep that going against a good team like that."

The second half went the way Reis expected the entire game to go, as the Senators (10-3) dominated possession in the attacking third. However, Springfield forwards Max Thuma and Luke Owsley struggled to put pressure on QND's goal as junior goalkeeper Griffin Kirn had just two saves -- one in each half. Both teams had nine shots.

"We just had to play lock-down defense," Cornwell said. "We had to get our forwards moving up top. Once we control the game in the back, we can start controlling in the front and we can do what we want to do."

Sophomore forward Philip Vincent scored the final goal when he pounced on a ball in the box when Springfield failed to clear it.

"Lady Luck was on our side tonight," Reis said. "We just did an excellent job finishing. What we couldn't do last night, we did tonight."

Quincy Notre Dame 6, Springfield 0

SPR QND

9 Shots 9

2 Saves 2

5 Corners 6

0 Offsides 4

10 Fouls 14

Springfield 0 0--0

QND 5 1--6

Q--Peyton Stegeman (Mitchell Murphy), 4:00

Q--Murphy (unassisted), 10:00

Q--Murphy (unassisted), 15:00

Q--Stegeman (penalty), 16:00

Q--Colby Kapp (unassisted), 25:00

Q--Phillip Vincent (unassisted), 72:00

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