QUINCY -- Peyton Stegeman was really ticked off for about 10 seconds.
The senior midfielder thought he had scored the go-ahead goal for the Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team with about 12 1/2 minutes gone in the second half. A cross from Sam Nudo was headed off the crossbar by Stegeman and appeared to go straight down, but Washington goalkeeper Caezar Martinez caught the ball after one bounce and quickly punted it.
More than 10 seconds later, referee Greg Shierling walked to the sideline to discuss the play with linesman Bob Bordewick.
"I saw the ball hit the crossbar, and then I saw both the ball and the goalie inside the goal," Stegeman said. "I was pretty livid at the time."
After a brief chat, Shierling motioned that the goal counted, and it was the game-winner for the Raiders in a 2-1 victory at Advance Physical Therapy Field on Wednesday night.
"I understand that's a tough call for the head referee to make," Stegeman said. "I'm just glad we got it all taken care of. It doesn't matter how it got done."
Stegeman scored the first goal for the Raiders as well. He beat a Washington defender to the near post and one-timed a pass from Mitchell Murphy with a little more than 18 minutes gone in the first half.
Scoring shouldn't be a problem this season for the Raiders, who have three experienced seniors -- Colby Kapp, Nudo and Murphy -- to provide firepower or create chances for players like Stegeman. QND (3-2) has scored at least two goals in four of its first five games.
However, the Raiders are using several inexperienced players on defense because of graduation and injury. Junior Paul Cornwell has been moved from wing defender to center back to replace Konner Schuckman, who is fighting a hip problem.
So when the Raiders protected a late lead, QND coach Greg Reis moved Murphy to center back. It's the third time he's made that move this season.
"We've just decided it would be easy for me to drop back and play five (defenders) in the back," said Murphy, who had 19 goals and 25 assists last season. "Once our guys get used to playing together, they'll be fine."
"We've played around with it a little," Reis said. "(Murphy) is just so fast back there. Part of our problem is Schuckman is hurt, and you start moving guys around and things start changing. Paul is playing well, but it's not Schuckman. There's a chemistry between him and (senior center back) Ben Whittaker."
And if the defense gives up scoring opportunities, junior goalkeeper Griffin Kirn has proven to be up to the task most of the time.
Kirn answered the first test about seven minutes into the game when he dove to get his right hand on Ryan Kastl's restart from about 30 yards out. With about 12 minutes left in the half, Kastl had a one-on-one opportunity, but Kirn raced off his line and forced Kastl to shoot over the crossbar from about 25 yards out.
"Griff's gotten physically stronger, and he's much better coming out and he's more confident," Reis said. "Before, he would come out and paw a save, but his hands and wrists weren't strong enough. You have to have a strong wrist so when the ball hits your hand, your wrist doesn't break back and (the ball) deflects in."
QND is in the middle of playing seven games in nine days, and Reis says it shows.
"The boys are tired," he said. "Their legs are dead. But once we get through Saturday, we'll take Sunday and Monday off, and then we don't play again until Thursday (against Quincy High School)."
QND 2, Washington 1
7 Shots 12
7 Saves 4
4 Corner Kicks 4
9 Fouls 12
1 Offsides 0
Washington 1 0--1
QND 1 1--2
QND--Peyton Stegeman (Mitchell Murphy), 18:15.
W--Nathan Lee (Grund Cameron), 38:09.
QND--Stegeman (Sam Nudo), 52:37.