Adapting to turf helps QND to return to state tournament
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Adapting to turf helps QND to return to state tournament

Mark Longo remembers the first time the Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team played on a turf field in a Class A state semifinal game in Naperville in 2002. During warmups, Longo had players run a drill where the players rolled the ball from 30 yards away to prepare for a shot. On grass, the ball typically stops around 18 yards away for the players to take a shot. On turf, however, the ball kept rolling. "I looked at my assistant and said, 'We're in trouble,'" Longo said

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Dreyer's goal sends QND to first state tournament since 2013
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Dreyer's goal sends QND to first state tournament since 2013

Molly Penn watched teammate Olivia Dreyer rip a shot from 25 yards away. She followed the flight of the ball as it hit off the hands of Columbia goalkeeper Rylee Iorio, deflect off the inside of the post and fall into the back of the net.

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Capsule look of teams in Class 1A girls soccer state tournament

Quincy Notre Dame Record: 22-1-1 Coach: Mark Longo (504-90-66 at QND, 28th season) Last appearance: 2013 Outlook: QND hasn't lost since a 2-0 defeat to St. Joseph's Academy (Mo.) on April 22. The Lady Raiders since have conceded only three goals in 10 ga

Stella locks down Columbia's top scorer
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Stella locks down Columbia's top scorer

QUINCY -- Lucy Stella has been the Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team's lock-down defender this season. She was given those duties again on Tuesday, and she came through in the 1-0 victory over Columbia in the Class 1A QND Super-sectional at Advance Physi

Lady Raiders again make short work of postseason foe
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Lady Raiders again make short work of postseason foe

QUINCY -- For the first time this postseason, the Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team was forced to play more than 60 minutes. The Lady Raiders still haven't played 80. A pair of goals less than four minutes into the second half...

Blue Devils' quick start not enough against top-seeded Collinsville
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Blue Devils' quick start not enough against top-seeded Collinsville

QUINCY -- Collinsville doesn't often have to get on a bus and travel two and a half hours to play a soccer game. So when Crystal Burgtorf scored on a corner kick just 72 seconds into the game to put the Quincy High School girls soccer team up 1-0 in Tues

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QND cruises to sectional title game; Longo earns 500th victory

QUINCY -- The Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer players had added motivation to win Tuesday. A victory over Litchfield in the Class 1A QND Sectional semifinal would be career victory No. 500 for Raiders coach Mark Longo. "Some of us heard about it this mornin

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Hannibal eliminated from district tournament

O'FALLON, Mo. -- The Hannibal girls soccer team fell to Wentzville Liberty 4-1 in the Class 3 District 8 semifinals on Monday. Liberty (6-16-1) scored three goals in the first half. Hannibal (15-6) got on the board in the 42nd minute on a Haley Ballinger

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Canton loses on penalty kicks in district

MANCHESTER, Mo. -- No goals were scored in regulation play, but the Canton girls soccer team's season ended after losing 3-1 in penalty kicks to Elsberry in the Class 1 District 4 quarterfinals on Saturday. Saylor Collins scored the lone penalty kick for t

Passing The Time: QND finds ways to stay entertained after racing to quick lead
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Passing The Time: QND finds ways to stay entertained after racing to quick lead

QUINCY -- The starters on the Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team had to find something to entertain themselves Friday night. The Raiders (19-1-1) scored less than a minute into the game, then scored five goals in a 4 1/2-minute stretch to lead 6-0 with 13