QUINCY -- Morgan Evans played the facilitator, delivering an on-the-money pass that Erin Barnes turned into the Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team's second goal in Tuesday's Class 1A sectional semifinal.
They reversed their roles moments later.
Running up the right sideline, Barnes carried the ball to the corner and then crossed a pass to Evans, who was trailing the play through the midfield. Evans' one-timer for the first of her three goals capped a sequence of give-and-goes 15 minutes into the game that highlighted an efficient and ruthless attack.
The Raiders invoked the mercy rule at halftime and rolled to a 10-0 victory over Rock Island Alleman at Advance Physical Therapy Field.
"We created passes and movement off the ball, which led to our success," Barnes said. "It's a really good feeling to know you have that momentum and that connection."
It provided a spark that resulted in the Raiders' highest scoring game of the season.
"It makes everyone get all excited, and the atmosphere is what we want it to be," Evans said. "Everyone feeds off that excitement."
The hope is it carries over to the sectional championship game.
QND (22-3-2) will face Bloomington Central Catholic at 6 p.m. Friday, looking to win the 10th sectional championship in program history. The Saints defeated Pleasant Plains 3-2 in Tuesday's other semifinal.
"Take it serious," QND coach Mark Longo said of how he wants the Raiders to approach things after they've won their first three postseason games by a combined score of 24-0. "I know we will be the favorite coming in because it's our field, but we still have to come out and play."
The Raiders took that to heart against Alleman.
Less than three minutes into the game, sophomore midfielder Maddie Peters played a ball forward to her older sister, senior forward Hannah Peters, who turned and finished a quick shot for a 1-0 lead.
Before Barnes and Evans scored essentially on back-to-back possessions -- their goals were 65 seconds apart -- the Pioneers made one rush. Freshman midfielder Kendall Wendt ripped a shot that QND goalkeeper Madison L. Meyer corralled.
It was the Pioneers' only shot on goal as the Raiders posted their single-season school record 21st shutout.
Alleman's lack of attack was due in large part to QND's relentlessness. The Raiders piled up 18 shots in the first half and 23 overall, owned a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks and played their starters only 45 minutes.
"We go into every game with the same intention -- we want to score and keep scoring," Barnes said. "That's what is expected."
Leading 3-0 midway through the first half, Maddie and Hannah Peters scored six minutes apart before Taylor Keck followed a rebound with a one-timer for a 6-0 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the half. Evans scored less than 30 seconds later, and Keck's goal three minutes before the half made it 8-0.
"When we turn and attack, we look so much better than when we try to knock it around," Longo said.
Evans completed her hat trick five minutes into the second half, which was reduced to 20 minutes by the mercy rule. McKenna Little scored QND's final goal.
"It was nice to be back on turf," Barnes said. "We can really move a lot better as a team. But we also have to know when we play super-sectionals on grass, if we get to that point, we have to play the exact same way we do on turf."
Class 1A QND Sectional
Quincy Notre Dame 10, Rock Island Alleman 0
2 Shots 23
3 Saves 1
0 Corners 5
3 Fouls 5
0 Offsides 1
Alleman 0 0--0
QND 8 2--10
Q--Hannah Peters (Maddie Peters), 3:00
Q--Erin Barnes (Morgan Evans), 15:00
Q--Evans (Barnes), 16:00
Q--M. Peters (H. Peters), 22:00
Q--H. Peters (Evans), 28:00
Q--Taylor Keck (unassisted), 29:00
Q--Evans (unassisted), 80:00
Q--Keck (Barnes), 37:00
Q--Evans (unassisted), 45:00
Q--McKenna Little (unassisted), 50:00