QUINCY -- The Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team was banged, battered and bruised when it lined up to face Normal Community at Advance Therapy Field on Saturday afternoon.
Despite missing multiple starters on the pitch, the Raiders still found a way to pull one out with a 1-0 victory against the Ironmen.
"They had a bunch of guys hurt, we had a bunch of guys hurt, it was really a battle," QND coach Greg Reis said.
Neither team could get much offense going through the first half, but in the second when the Raiders had their opportunity they took advantage. Keegan Klingele netted the deciding goal in the 69th minute on a corner kick, but the Raiders couldn't relax too much after taking the lead.
"It was a nice little energy boost and relief but we also had to retreat and defend the goal, see if we could come out of this one with a win," Reise said.
Goalkeeper Griffin Kirn and the Raider defense held strong and maintained the shutout, their second of the season.
"We talked about communication in practice this week and Griffin and our defensive midfielders did a nice job working together and communicating," Reise said. "It was nice to get a second shutout, hopefully we can keep building off of that."
Kirn finished with two saves on Normal Community's six total shots. QND (4-4) had 14 total shots and three corner kicks.
The road doesn't get much easier for the Raiders now as they have a stretch of seven games in the next two weeks, but Reis said as long as his guys continue to battle they should come out alright.
"If we can just get guys back we will be in good shape, but for now we will keep playing deep into our bench," Reis said.