Herald-Whig

Raiders dominate Bullets in season opener

Taylor Keck
By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Mar. 14, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Mar. 15, 2019 1:30 am

WILLIAMSVILLE, Ill. -- The title defense began with the kind of defensive effort it will take for the Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team to win a third straight state championship.

The Raiders opened their season Thursday night with a 3-0 victory over Williamsville in which the Bullets were held without a shot.

"We completely dominated," QND coach Mark Longo said. "They didn't come close to a shot."

The Raiders were scheduled to open the season at Riverton earlier this week, but poor field conditions created by late winter weather forced a postponement.

Instead, they opened the season in a windstorm with gusts blowing up to 40 mph. Longo said the wind was blowing consistently in the 20-30 mph range diagonally from corner flag to corner flag.

Playing with the wind of its back in the first half, QND built a 1-0 lead as Morgan Evans fed Taylor Keck for the first goal of the season in the 37th minute. In the second half, the Raiders doubled their lead as Evans scored on a shot from 25 yards out off an assist from Isabella Anderson in the 51st minute.

Audrey Henkenmeier finished the scoring as she pounced on a rebound after Katelyn Nelson's shot was saved and beat the keeper in the 68th minute.

"We did a lot of nice things," Longo said. "The field was tough -- wet, kind of soggy, bumpy -- but we adjusted and played pretty well. We did better going into the wind instead of going with it."

The Raiders will play their home opener at 11:30 a.m. Saturday against Jefferson City Helias at Advance Physical Therapy Field.

"We look to get better Saturday," Longo said.

Quincy Notre Dame 3, Williamsville 0

QND WILL

25 Shots 0

0 Saves 17

3 Fouls 4

15 Corner kicks 0

3 Offsides 0

QND 1 2--3

Williamsville 0 0--0

Q--Taylor Keck (Morgan Evans), 37:00

Q--Evans (Isabella Anderson), 51:00

Q--Audrey Henkenmeier (Katelyn Nelson), 68:00