Prep Girls Soccer

Better than Nothing: Quincy, Moline split WB6 girls soccer crown

Moline's Bella Smith ,left, and Grace Vinzart, right, tangle with Quincy High school's Meagan Mero at Flinn Stadium on Monday, May. 6, 2019. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 7, 2019 1:30 am Updated: May. 7, 2019 2:05 am

QUINCY -- The result produced identical reactions.

The Quincy High School and Moline girls soccer teams missed a chance on capturing a Western Big Six Conference championship outright after ending Monday night's game in a 1-1 tie after two overtime periods at Flinn Stadium. Both sides walked away disappointed having to settle for a share of the conference crown.

"Obviously you don't like sharing, but it's still a title," Quincy coach Travis Dinkheller said. "We still get a plaque that says conference champion, and it'll go in our books as a conference championship."

United Township could make it a three-way tie for the title by beating Rock Island on Tuesday. A UT loss means only Quincy (5-9-4, 3-0-2 WB6) and Moline (8-6-3, 3-0-2 WB6) split.

Monday's game was originally scheduled for April 30, but was suspended with 35:12 remaining in the first half.

"We just won the conference and (the players) think we lost," said Moline coach Jonathan Dreasler, a 2005 Quincy graduate. "If you look at their faces, it's like their season is over. That's my favorite thing about them. They strive to be better and better every day."

Moline was seven minutes away from winning it outright.

The Maroons broke a scoreless tie in the 55th minute when freshman forward Caroline Hazen tapped home a pass from Karima Rangel on a 2-on-1 situation with Quincy goalkeeper Ashley Boyer.

The Blue Devils trailed until forward Emma Kroeger pounced on a loose ball in the box near the goal and slipped a shot past Moline goalkeeper Lauren Parker to tie the game with 7:14 remaining.

"I never take a play off," Kroeger said. "I honestly thought I was going to run into the post. It was just going for everything at that point."

It helped the Blue Devils seal a third straight WB6 title -- either shared or outright -- and eighth in the last 11 years.

"At least we got a share," Kroeger said. "It's better than nothing."

Quincy's best chance to take the lead came less than three minutes into the first overtime period when Moline was whistled for a handball in the box. Quincy's Meaghan Mero, however, couldn't convert the penalty kick.

"I gave (Mero) a big hug because the reality is one play doesn't decide a game," Dinkheller said. "There's so many things that can impact the direction the game goes. One play wasn't the deciding factor. We had a few really good chances throughout."

That didn't stop the Maroons from feeling relief.

"We were all really nervous," Hazen said. "We got really lucky on that one."

The Maroons also were lucky a minute after the penalty kick as a header by the Blue Devils' Haley Milhauser glanced off the crossbar.

Moline outshot Quincy 14-12, and took three more shots in the overtime period.

Parker made eight saves, while Boyer had six.

 

Quincy 1, Moline 1

MOL QHS

14 Shots 12

8 Saves 6

4 Corners 5

0 Offsides 0

12 Fouls 14

Moline 0 1 0 0--1

Quincy 0 1 0 0--1

M--Caroline Hazen (Karima Rangel), 55:00

Q--Emma Kroeger (unassisted), 63:00