QHS girls soccer team sweeps pair of games to win Showcase

Quincy High’s Kaleigh Kuhlman, front, battles for the ball with LaDue’s Madeline Billeaud during Saturday’s game in the Kick-Off Showdown at Flinn Stadium. QHS won 1-0 after defeating Moberly 1-0 earlier in the day. (H-W Photo/Phil Carlson)
Posted: Mar. 23, 2013 4:42 pm Updated: Apr. 13, 2013 7:15 pm

Herald-Whig Sports Writer

The Quincy High School girls soccer team needed a lift.

After having an hour of downtime between games of the QHS Kick-Off Showcase, the Blue Devils picked up five fouls in the first four minutes against Ladue.

It appeared the Rams just had more energy.

"I think it was tired legs," QHS sophomore midfielder Madison Cowman said. "We were tired from the two games this weekend. They had a lot of speed and we fouled them to prevent them from moving forward."

After dodging a bullet when Ladue freshman midfielder Lizzy Puyo was knocked over inside the keeper's box with no foul called, Cowman gave the Blue Devils a lift.

She spun a corner kick inside the box that was headed in by senior midfielder Jordan Eisenberg with 17 minutes, 17 seconds remaining, giving QHS its only goal in a 1-0 win Saturday afternoon at Flinn Stadium.

"I always love getting on the end of corners," Eisenberg said. "I knew it was going to get there watching it come there. I headed it right to the goal."

Beating Ladue gave the Blue Devils (4-0) a tournament sweep. QHS defeated Bloomington 4-0 on Friday night and Moberly 1-0 on Saturday morning on a goal by M.J. Garkie that was assisted by Kaleigh Kuhlman.

In the final 10 minutes before halftime against Ladue, the Blue Devils had several scoring chances. Garkie had a chip shot stopped and a header by Eisenberg went wide. QHS outshout Ladue 13-9. Alex Boyd made five saves for the Blue Devils and picked up the shutout.

"That was one of the times you don't want halftime to come," QHS coach Travis Dinkheller said. "We had finally righted the ship and put some pressure offensively and gave our defense a chance to get forward and take the pressure off them."

Although the Blue Devils were sluggish early, it was a hustle play that sealed the win. Ladue possessed the ball on QHS's end for much of the final 10 minutes. With 57 seconds remaining, Kuhlman stole the ball away just shy of midfield and raced the length of the field. Her shot was parried away by Rams keeper Danielle Thompson. Eisenberg had a second-shot opportunity, but Thompson deflected it out for a corner kick.

"She was floating in the middle, waiting for those balls, and she has wheels," Dinkheller said. "Obviously, that relieved a lot of pressure at that point, to have her pick up the ball and have the other two midfielders get forward too. They were coming fast and furious through the middle. It was nice to see we still had the legs to get people forward."


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