Raiders' Anderson continues run of all-state selections
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Raiders' Anderson continues run of all-state selections

QUINCY -- Seth Anderson watched from the sidelines his sophomore year, rehabbing a knee injury that cost him the chance to play a role in the Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team's Class 1A state championship. He made amends for his absence...

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Raiders' resolve leads to third-place trophy
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Raiders' resolve leads to third-place trophy

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- The tears were replaced by a trophy. That means this Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team is part of history. Emotionally drained following a penalty kick shootout loss in Friday night's Class 1A state semifinals, the Raiders...

Shootout sadness: Raiders see back-to-back hopes lost in PKs
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Shootout sadness: Raiders see back-to-back hopes lost in PKs

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- Greg Reis understands the heartache better than most. So he did his best to console the Quincy Notre Dame soccer players after they lost a penalty kick shootout to Alton Marquette in Friday night's semifinals of the Class 1A state...

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Battle-tested Pirates head into districts

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Eric Hill doesn't believe a 6-1 loss Thursday night in the regular-season finale will bother the Hannibal boys soccer team. "This team has the heart and determination to succeed," said Hill, the veteran Pirates coach.

Winning back-to-back championships is Raiders' motivation
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Winning back-to-back championships is Raiders' motivation

QUINCY -- Paul Cornwell's memories remain as vivid as ever. "I can picture myself right now," Cornwell said. "Tears of happiness is how I would describe it." That was after the Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team beat Elgin St. Edward 2-0 to win...

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Cohesive defense gives Raiders edge in final four

QUINCY -- Three-fifths of the Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team's starting defense has been here before. "It gives us that champion mentality," senior center back Paul Cornwell said. And it provides the Raiders with limitless confidence heading...

Raiders rewrite ending with Pioneers, head back to final four
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Raiders rewrite ending with Pioneers, head back to final four

NORMAL, Ill. -- The script read the same as it did four weeks ago. A two-goal deficit gets erased in the second half, two evenly matched teams end regulation tied and a penalty kick shootout decides the winner. The ending turned out to be the only change..

Raiders making -- and repeating -- history with tourney run
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Raiders making -- and repeating -- history with tourney run

NORMAL, Ill. -- History does a good job of repeating itself as Greg Reis realized Tuesday night. During the 2011 postseason, when the Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer won the second of the program's three state championships, the Raiders fell behind...

Pirates felled in final home game
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Pirates felled in final home game

HANNIBAL -- The Hannibal soccer team lost its final home game of the season in heartbreaking fashion. Troy's Maurice Morgan found the back of the net for the second time in the contest in the 75th minute and the Pirates couldn't respond on the way to...

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Front-to-back effort carries Raiders to sectional title

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- The goal to play 80 relentless minutes has finally been realized. Do it three more times and the Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer could successfully defend its state championship. The Raiders moved a step closer to that goal...