Prep Girls Soccer

Evans' unintentional goal helps Raiders beat Blue Devils

By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 8, 2019 1:30 am Updated: May. 8, 2019 2:27 am

QUINCY -- Morgan Evans didn't kick the ball how she intended.

The end result was better than she expected.

Seven minutes into the second half of Tuesday night's game against the Quincy High School girls soccer team, the Quincy Notre Dame forward made a run down the right side of the field and sent the ball in to the middle near the goal. The ball, however, kept floating toward the far post and over QHS goalkeeper Ashley Boyer and into the net, giving the Raiders a two-goal lead.

"It was supposed to be a cross," Evans said. "I really didn't think it was going to go in. But you'll have accident goals when you're trying to be creative."

Accident or not, Evans' second goal of the game sealed QND's 2-0 victory against its crosstown rival at Flinn Stadium.

"It was crazy how that went in," QHS coach Travis Dinkheller said. "But I told our girls you create your own luck when you throw things at the goal."

QND (21-2) made that possible by dominating possession throughout.

The Raiders outshot the Blue Devils 14-0 in the first half and 26-1 for the contest. Despite the barrage of shots, QND only had Evans' header on a cross sent in by Erin Barnes in the 24th minute to show for it.

QND upped the offense pressure early in the second half by registering five shots and four corner kicks in the first six minutes.

"We needed another goal because the next one that was scored was big," QND coach Mark Longo said. "We came down and got an opportunity."

The Raiders had multiple opportunities. They took 17 corner kicks, 11 in the second half, and the Blue Devils didn't register their first shot until Sophia Soltwedel had one with 11 minutes remaining in regulation.

Longo credited his midfielders in Maddie Peters and Ellie Peters for keeping the ball in QND's attacking half, and allowing the Raiders to have 10 players on the other side of midfield.

"They work so hard for us in the middle," Longo said. "They won all the goal kicks, and the punts. That kept pressure on (QHS)."

It made creating offense nearly impossible.

"We battled ourselves tonight," QHS senior Hayley Milhauser said. "We played 100 minutes last night (against Moline), so it's been a long ride."

Boyer made 12 saves for the Blue Devils (5-10-4) to keep the game from turning into a rout. She saved a close-range shot late in the first half before a second shot flew wide of the net. Boyer also stopped a shot from Emme Kirn from 10 yards away that would have made it 3-0.

In the final seconds, she denied Evans' hat trick bid by parrying away her shot on a free kick.

"(Boyer) was fantastic tonight," Dinkheller said. "She did a really good job of protecting the goal and coming off her line when she needed to. She was big for us. Actually, she was huge for us tonight."

Quincy Notre Dame 2, Quincy High School 0

QND QHS

26 Shots 1

0 Saves 12

17 Corners 0

0 Offsides 1

11 Fouls 12

QND 1 1--2

QHS 0 0--0

QND--Morgan Evans (Erin Barnes), 24:00

QND--Evans (unassisted), 47:00