Foley sisters lead QND past QHS

Quincy High School's Samantha Ward tries to take the ball from QND's Mackenzie Foley during Tuesday's game at Flinn Stadium. (H-W Photo/Lisa Wigoda)
Posted: Apr. 2, 2014 3:34 am Updated: Apr. 23, 2014 6:14 pm

Herald-Whig Sports Writer

Cassidy Foley wanted to make something happen.

She got the opportunity when her sister, freshman McKenzie Foley, fed her with the ball at the top of the 18-yard box.

"I saw an open run and just called for the ball," the Quincy Notre Dame senior said. "She gave me a great pass, and I finished well. I had a gap, and I just hit it right."

The elder Foley's shot into the right corner of the net put QND ahead 1-0 in the 57th minute. The younger Foley added a second goal 13 minutes later, sealing QND's 2-0 win Tuesday at Flinn Stadium.

The Lady Raiders (3-0) extended their unbeaten streak against QHS to 32 games since 2000. QND is 28-0-4 during that stretch.

Cassidy Foley fought through QHS's defenders all night long, with two Blue Devils around her most of the game.

"We didn't make that great of adjustments," QND coach Mark Longo said. "She just decided to take the game in her own hands."

Cassidy Foley's shot barely eluded QHS goalkeeper Anna Stock.

"I saw it struck and going far post," Stock said. "I tried for it, but I just couldn't get it."

The goal took the pressure off QND and rattled QHS (2-2).

In the minutes after the goal, the Lady Raiders unleashed a barrage of shots against the Blue Devils defense. Cassidy Foley nearly scored again four minutes after her goal when a shot off a volley was deflected by Stock for a corner kick.

QND outshot QHS 19-5.

The Blue Devils did their best to generate some offensive momentum after the Lady Raiders' first goal.

"We made a shift to generate some offense," QHS coach Travis Dinkheller said. "We knew we had to make some plays. If you give up a goal in a big game, you're going to be a little rattled. We did some good things on defense. We just have to make some offense."

The Lady Raiders countered, though, as McKenzie Foley delivered with a shot from outside the box that curled around the left post.

The Blue Devil defense was stout most of the game. The only real scoring opportunity QND had in the first half was a shot by McKenzie Foley that was inches away from the goal before Marjean Garkie cleared it.

The Foley sisters' involvement in both QND goals proved they are a dangerous combination on the field.

"We just have that chemistry from playing and growing up together," Cassidy Foley said. "She has the ability to be a great player."

QHS came out energized in the first half but failed to register a shot on goal. That didn't prevent the Blue Devils from matching the physical play and energy the Lady Raiders brought into the game, and the teams combined for 19 fouls.

QHS hasn't scored against QND since 2008, but Dinkheller isn't concerned about his team's energy four games into the season.

"It's hard to not get up for a game like this," Dinkheller said. "You're playing your crosstown rival. I thought we did bring a good energy level, and there's a lot of positive things we can take away."

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