By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Mark Longo believes the Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team matured Thursday night.
Scoring early and a stout defensive effort allowed the Lady Raiders to beat Troy 2-1 in the finals of the Troy (Mo.) Tournament.
It the second straight Troy Tournament title for QND (5-1-1).
"I think tonight we grew up," Longo said. "Troy is a good team, and we played solid defense other than the one miscue where they scored. We did a good job of growing together."
QND's Cassidy Foley won a loose ball and set up the first goal. Foley passed the ball to Lauren Vahlkamp, who scored from 12 yards out.
With Troy pressing forward in the 78th minute to try and even the game, Jordan Frericks stole the ball and scored on a breakaway to push the lead to 2-0.
The Trojans responded quickly, with Mariah Johnson taking advantage of a miscue by the Lady Raiders' defense to score less than a minute later.
The Lady Raiders outshot Troy 12-8.
Jefferson City Helias 5, Hannibal 1: The Lady Pirates struggled to generate shots against the Crusaders in Hannibal, Mo.
Bri Johnson scored the lone goal for Hannibal (8-2) on its only shot of the game in the 26th minute that tied the game at 1.
Helias' Tiffany Weaver scored her second goal of the game in the 45th minute to put the Crusaders ahead for good. Falling behind made Lady Pirates coach Eric Hill switch from a 4-4-2 to try and generate offense.
"They got that first goal quickly in the second half and most of their shots came late," Hill said. "We pulled a defender and put in a forward.
"Even after they scored the third goal, it was 3-1 and we were in striking distance so we stuck with the formation."
The Crusaders added goals in the 70th, 74th and 80th minutes to seal the win.