QUINCY -- With a seven-goal halftime lead and the mercy rule invoked, the starters on the Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team devised a plan.
"We were like, ‘Don't kick it out. You have to keep it in,'" junior defender Molly Penn said. "We all wanted to play some more."
QND coach Mark Longo let his starting lineup take the field at the beginning of the second half, but they weren't out there long.
Two goals in the first seven minutes of the second half led to a complete line change and eventually a 12-0 victory over Beardstown on Monday night at Advance Physical Therapy Field.
"We try to convince him to let us play as much as we can," senior forward McKenzie Foley said. "Everyone does. In a game like this, you want everyone to get their time. We're just trying to work on the basics.
"We're trying to pass well. We're trying to see the through balls. We're just trying to improve the whole game."
At the same time, the Lady Raiders (10-0-1) were trying to circumvent Longo's rules.
He creates challenges for his starters, like telling Foley she needed an assist before attempting to score her second goal. When she came off the field with 10 minutes remaining in the first half, she was quick to point out who assisted on Olivia Dreyer's goal.
Longo did leave Foley in the game to start the second half, and she scored another goal -- her second of the game came in the 47th minute -- but he never backed off his desire to make the Lady Raiders earn their chances.
"We were trying to find loopholes around his goals in case we didn't meet the standards," Penn said. "He was pretty strict on us."
That's because he didn't want a wasted effort.
Beardstown is a fourth-year program still trying to establish itself. The Tigers were outshot 28-0, gave up 10 corner kicks and rarely cleared the ball past midfield. QND keeper Delaney Walker never touched the ball.
"We were trying to work on things that are rusty," Penn said. "We had three days off, so to come back and get our touch and work with each definitely helps us. These games are always just fun."
It didn't take long.
Hannah Peters scored off a Morgan Evans assist in the first minute, and Foley scored off a Dreyer assist in the second minute. Dreyer and Taylor Keck scored to make it 4-0 just 10 minutes into the game.
Dreyer finished with two goals and four assists, while Keck, Maddie Peters and Bre Kurk each scored their first varsity goals.
Longo said it was "fun to see" his younger players emerge and get rewarded for their effort.
"We like to goof off and have fun, but we have to get better every day," Foley said. "At the end of the day, that's what we're working towards, even in games like this. We use every chance we get to make us a better team and better teammates."
Quincy Notre Dame 12, Beardstown 0
0 Shots 28
13 Saves 0
0 Corners 10
2 Fouls 2
0 Offsides 1
Beardstown 0 0--0
QND 7 5--12
QND--Hannah Peters (Morgan Evans), 1:00
QND--McKenzie Foley (Dreyer), 2:00
QND--Dreyer (Molly Penn), 6:00
QND--Taylor Keck (Dreyer), 10:00
QND--Sierra Sturhahn (Meredith Siebers), 13:00
QND--Evans (Keck), 26:00
QND--Dreyer (Foley), 30:00
QND--Erin Barnes (unassisted), 45:00
QND--Foley (Dreyer), 47:00
QND--Molly Peters (Dreyer), 50:00
QND--Maddie Peters(Katelyn Nelson), 52:00
QND--Bre Kurk (McKenna Little), 58:00