QUINCY -- Two games, two 7-0 victories for the Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team and two hat tricks for Erin Barnes.
Not a bad week so far.
"Erin just came out on fire," QND coach Mark Longo said. "She was in the right spot all the time."
Barnes scored three goals in the first 8:33 as the Raiders defeated St. Thomas More 7-0 Friday night in their first game of the QND Showcase at Advance Physical Therapy Field.
Barnes also had a hat trick Wednesday against Jacksonville, but Friday's effort was a little more meaningful because it was Senior Night.
"I was super pumped up, which I think is why I just went for it right out of the gate," she said. "As seniors, it's kind of our last game where, you know, everyone's here. That does add a little more excitement."
Barnes started the scoring in the sixth minute, cutting in from the right wing 15 yards out and sending a shot from her left foot off the leg of Sabers goalkeeper Maci Walters and inside the left post. Two minutes later, Barnes split two defenders and shot under Walters's outstretched arms to give QND a two-goal lead.
In the ninth minute, Barnes got on the end of a cross from Isabella Anderson at the edge of the 18-yard box and stepped into it with her right foot to put it past Walters to complete the hat trick.
Longo removed Barnes from the game after her third goal, and she only played a handful of minutes after returning in the 20th minute. Longo said the early lead combined with chilly temperatures and two games looming Saturday gave him a chance to get players some rest. The second half was also cut to 20 minutes because the Raiders were up by seven goals at halftime.
"The shorter second half certainly helped," he said. "Instead of playing 80 minutes, we only played 60. It all just shaped out to where we could get everybody in the game and rest our starters."
That led to a memorable moment.
Monica Brown, a senior halfback who had never played soccer before this year, scored her second goal of the season and the Raiders' final goal of the game. Brown recovered a loose ball near the right post and sneaked it inside the post. Every QND player on the field, including goalkeeper Madison L. Meyer, gathered around Brown to congratulate her, and a loud cheer erupted from the bench.
Brown, who has signed to play volleyball at Truman State in the fall, said the decision to play soccer was not a very complicated one.
It has certainly been worth it, though.
"Volleyball was over for me, so I was like, ‘OK, I just want to try something new,'" she said. "I just wanted to challenge myself. I missed basketball season, so I said, ‘You know what, let's try soccer.' The girls are all just super welcoming and supportive, so scoring a goal on Senior Night makes it that much more special."
Soon after Brown's goal, a double rainbow appeared over the home bleachers.
Longo noticed it.
"I told Monica, ‘See what happens, you score a goal and God says congratulations with a double rainbow,'" Longo said.
Taylor Keck, Ellie Peters and Morgan Evans also scored for the Raiders, who outshot the Sabers 17-0, including 14-0 in the first half. The Raiders took 10 corners, including three in a 40-second stretch midway through the first half.
QND (18-2) plays Wentzville (Mo.) Timberland at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Wheaton Academy at 11:30 a.m.
Quincy Notre Dame 7, St. Thomas More 0
0 Shots 17
2 Saves 0
0 Corners 10
2 Fouls 0
0 Offsides 1
St. Thomas More 0 0--0
Quincy Notre Dame 7 0--7
QND--Erin Barnes, 5:10
QND--Taylor Keck, 14:01
QND--Ellie Peters, 19:10
QND--Morgan Evans, 22:53
QND--Monica Brown, 34:55