JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Quincy High School girls soccer coach Travis Dinkheller liked everything he saw in the first 18 minutes Saturday.
"We were doing so many things well," Dinkheller said. "I thought to myself, ‘We're really getting it.'"
One run by Jefferson City Helias changed everything. The Crusaders took possession about 30 yards from the goal, tucked the ball past a couple of defenders and scored to take the edge in a 2-0 victory.
"As well as we started the game, as well as we were playing, it took the life out of us," Dinkheller said. "Our girls were adjusting to things on the fly, and we had some really good opportunities.
"We didn't continue to play at that level."
Helias' Grace Winegar scored in the 18th minute, and Izzy Leubbert added a goal in the 53rd minute.
"That was deflating," Dinkheller said of the second goal.
Prior to that, he felt the Blue Devils were giving themselves a chance to get back in the game.
"I never felt it was out of reach," he said.
Quincy outshot Helias 11-6 and had a 4-2 edge on corner kicks, but the Crusaders played much more physical.
The Blue Devils' Sophie Shackleton left the game and was sent for X-rays after having her hand stepped on. A couple of other players were banged up as Helias had a 17-7 edge in fouls.
There won't be time for the Blue Devils to relax. They face Moline at 5:30 p.m. Monday with the Western Big Six Conference championship at stake.
Jefferson City Helias 2, Quincy 0
11 Shots 6
3 Saves 4
4 Corners 2
7 Fouls 17
5 Offsides 0
QHS 0 0--0
Helias 1 1--2
H--Grace Winegar (unassisted), 18:00
H--Izzy Leubbert (unassisted), 53:00