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Beyond the Boxscore: Peters sisters make a little history

By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 26, 2018 12:55 am Updated: May. 26, 2018 10:39 pm

NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- When the ball slid to the top of the penalty area and gave Hannah Peters the opportunity to score, she seized the moment.

She made a little history, too.

With the Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team leading Belleville Althoff 3-0 in the 60th minute Friday night, a throw-in from the left side bounced around in the box but was never fully cleared. That's how it ended up on Peters' foot as she drove her shot home and gave the Raiders a 4-0 victory in the Class 1A state semifinals at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium.

Peters, a senior forward, joined her sister Maddie, a sophomore midfielder, in becoming the first QND siblings to score in the same state tournament game.

The Raiders have played 14 games at the state tournament since making their first appearance in 2000 in the single-class system. They've scored 47 goals at the state tournament, but never two by sisters.

Until now.

Maddie Peters scored in the 28th minute when a ball was played out of the penalty area on the right wing and she swung it back on goal, curling it into the upper corner over the keeper's head. That pushed the Raiders' lead to 3-0.

She realized how special the moment was.

"That's fun," Maddie Peters said. "But I wish our younger sister was playing with us."

Ellie Peters, a freshman midfielder, suffered a season-ending knee injury during a 3-0 victory over Quincy High School in late March.


Matching numbers

Juergen Huettner has been coaching at Althoff for 14 seasons with a fair amount of success. The Crusaders took third inCLass A in 2005, second in Class AA in 2008 and won the Class 2A state championship in 2010. His overall record is 232-93-17.

Ironically, his 93rd loss came against a coach with 93 career losses.

Mark Longo is the only coach in the history of the QND program and is in his 29th season at the helm. His career record of 529-93-68 makes him the winningest girls soccer coach in IHSA history and the only one with more than 500 victories.


Staggering numbers

The last two seasons, QND senior midfielder Olivia Dreyer has done her share of playmaking, compiling 39 assists.

She's done quite a bit of scoring as well. Dreyer scored two goals Friday night, giving her 48 goals the past two seasons combined. She's also had 135 points in those two seasons, and all of those numbers were made possible by understanding how to play the game.

Her second goal against Althoff was a prime example of that. Morgan Evans stood over a free kick 50 yards from the goal when Dreyer posted up in the penalty area, pinned a defender behind her and hit a mid-air volley that redirected the ball into the right side of the net for a 2-0 lead.

"In those situations, if you try to kick it too hard, you miss it," Longo said. "If you try to go too soft, your ankle kind of gives. This was perfect. The greatest thing I thought about it was she didn't try to kill. She just change the direction."


Missing number

The Raiders have scored 145 goals this season, which is tied for the third most in a single season in IHSA history. The top spot is within reach.

The QND team in 2000 finished with 150 goals and took fourth in the single-class state tournament. That team featured senior forward Beth Liesen, who scored 57 goals that season and 160 in her career. That team, however, had eight players with varsity minutes who did not score.

This team has only four without a goal, although the most interesting one on that list is junior defender Madison K. Meyer, who has one assist. She's not expected to be a scorer, but rather a physical defender capable to shutting down an opposing attacker.

If she would find a way to score against Winnetka North Shore Country Day, every starter will have scored.