Foley named to IHSSCA All-State team
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Foley named to IHSSCA All-State team

Quincy Notre Dame senior forward McKenzie Foley recently was named to the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association All-State team, and several other Quincy players were recognized. Foley, who did not play during her sophomore and junior seasons bec

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Hat's Off! Foley's three goals lead QND to state title
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Hat's Off! Foley's three goals lead QND to state title

The final five minutes felt like five years for Quincy Notre Dame senior defender Lucy Stella. Normal U-High had cut QND's lead to two goals with a little more than six minutes remaining in Saturday's Class 1A girls soccer state championship game. Forward Sarah LaFayette, who had scored twice, even had a shot deflect off the post that could have got the Pioneers within one goal. "It was scary, because we were that close," Stella said.

Record breakers: QND routs IC Catholic to advance to state championship game
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Record breakers: QND routs IC Catholic to advance to state championship game

NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- A lopsided four-goal halftime lead all but guaranteed the Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team would be playing in the state championship game. The Lady Raiders decided to make history to seal that spot.

Former players enjoy watching daughters win title
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Former players enjoy watching daughters win title

NAPERVILLE, Ill. The Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team's journey to the Class 1A state tournament championship was plenty of fun for the players, but some of the former soccer players are enjoying it just as much. Five players on this year's team have

Foley shines brightest on biggest stage
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Foley shines brightest on biggest stage

NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- McKenzie Foley kneeled next to the state championship trophy Saturday night as the Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team prepared for a team picture after a 4-2 victory over Normal University High. The senior forward could have been excus

Longo's deal will have QND not looking past U-High
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Longo's deal will have QND not looking past U-High

NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Mark Longo and the Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team are one victory away from the program's fourth state championship. They're also one victory away from giving Longo something that will last forever.

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

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