Prep Girls Soccer

Raiders' reign ends in OT in regional loss

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: May. 18, 2019 1:10 am Updated: May. 18, 2019 1:16 am

PEORIA, Ill. -- Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer coach Mark Longo can't question his team's effort or desire.

He can wonder why the Raiders didn't have more luck.

Or more appropriately, why Peoria Notre Dame did.

QND held PND to just three shots on goal during the second half and both overtime periods, but two of those three resulted in goals as the Irish scored a 2-1 victory Friday night in the championship game of the Class 2A Peoria Notre Dame Regional.

"We never quit," Longo said. "We kept working."

The Raiders (23-3) couldn't get one of those tide-turning moments to go their way.

"I thought we had the better of the play and the better opportunities," Longo said. "But we couldn't do anything with them."

So the championship reign ends.

QND won back-to-back Class 1A state championships before getting bumped up in classification this season because of the Illinois High School Association's success factor. The Raiders proved competitive in the higher classification, but the learned there are more challenges earlier in the postseason.

"For the girls coming back, I hope they see what they're up against and want to get to work on it, whether that's with their traveling team or doing camps or whatever they do to be prepared for next year."

After a scoreless first half, PND grabbed the lead 50 seconds into the second half when a missed defensive assignment led to shot that carried inside the near post.

QND didn't find the equalizer until less than six minutes remained in the half when Morgan Evans played a corner kick into the box and Meredith Siebers headed it home to tie the game at 1.

The Irish took the lead during the first of two 10-minute overtimes and didn't take another shot after scoring the goal.

The Raiders had four solid scoring chances in the extra periods but struggled to finish and were denied the chance to pursue a third straight title.