By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
The Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team showed Saturday it's more than capable of handling physical play.
Playing two games of that style, the Lady Raiders won the Sacred Heart-Griffin Tournament, beating Freeport 3-2 and New Lenox Providence 4-1 at Springfield, Ill.
"They were two physical, difficult games," QND coach Mark Longo said. "But we handled it all right. We didn't let it affect us too much."
Against Freeport in the semifinals, the Lady Raiders faced one-goal deficits twice. Cassidy Foley's goal -- her second of the game -- put QND in front to stay during the 72nd minute.
Foley had tied the score at 2 when she scored on McKenzie Foley's assist during the 52nd minute.
"(Freeport) was a good team," Longo said. "We showed some courage coming back. It was very physical, even dirty at times. It was two teams fighting hard to win."
McKenzie Foley scored the game's first goal in the 20th minute to tie the score at 1.
Cassidy Foley scored only one goal in the championship game against Providence but assisted on her team's other three goals.
Lauren Vahlkamp scored off Cassidy Foley's first assist during the 30th minute. Just 30 seconds into the second half, Cassidy Foley scored an unassisted goal for a 2-0 lead.
Hannah Cobb and McKenzie Foley scored the next two goals for QND, which extended its lead to 4-0.
The Lady Raiders (12-1-1) host Quincy High School at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Legends Stadium.
Hannibal wins title: The Lady Pirates continued to fine-tune parts of their game this season.
Saturday's objective was sharing the ball. Hannibal met the goal, winning the West Plains Classic championship by beating Affton 4-0 and Ozark 5-0.
"We did a nice job today working the ball to the wings and making crosses and getting those crosses," Hannibal coach Eric Hill said. "We controlled both games throughout."
Two goals a minute apart established the momentum for Hannibal against Affton.
Meghan Grimes collected a long throw-in from Ashley Wilson and scored in the 17th minute. Bailey Welch stole an Affton pass less than a minute and found an open Grimes, who scored again.
Kendall Welch and Bri Johnson scored second-half goals for the Lady Pirates, who outshot Affton 15-1.
It was more of the same during the championship game against Ozark.
Hannibal controlled the tempo early, taking a 1-0 lead on Paige Utterback's unassisted goal in the 16th minute. Lauren Wheelan and Bri Johnson also scored first-half goals for the Lady Pirates, who led 3-0 at halftime.
Johnson scored her second goal five minutes into the second half and Bailey Welch capped off the scoring during the 53rd minute.
Hannibal (11-16-1) now has seven shutouts this season.