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Beyond the Boxscore: Raiders get to add another star to their crest

Quincy (Notre Dame) Lady Raiders Beth Eversman (3) with the header score attempt during Class 1A Girls Soccer State Championship game between the QND Lady Raiders vs the Winnetka (North Shore Country Day) Raiders at North Central College in Naperville, IL. Saturday May 26, 2018. | H-W Photo/Gary Duncan Sr.
Gary Duncan
By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 26, 2018 12:01 am Updated: May. 26, 2018 11:05 pm

NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- The fifth championship in program history means the Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team will have to update the crest it has emblazoned on all of the team's official gear.

Another star is needed.

Since winning the first title in 2010, QND coach Mark Longo has added a star to the ND logo that is on the chest of t-shirts and sweatshirts after each championship. And ironically, the stars match the number of goals scored in each of the last two championship games.

In 2017, the Raiders beat Normal U-High 4-2 to in their fourth title. This year, it was a 5-1 victory over Winnetka North Shore Country Day for the fifth title.

Top-scoring team

The five goals scored Saturday night gave the Raiders 150 goals this season, which tied the single-season record according to the Illinois High School Association record book.

Who are the Raiders tied with? Their predecessors.

The 2000 QND team scored 150 goals while finishing fourth in the ingle-class state tournament. That team had four games with 10 or more goals, including scoring a single-game school record 16 goals in a victory over Bethalto Civic Memorial in the opening round of the Springfield Sectional. That team featured four players with 10 or more goals apeice, including senior forward Beth Liesen, who had 59 goals.

This year, the Raiders had five players score in double figures with all-state midfielder Olivia Dreyer leading the way with 25 goals.

What's next

The Raiders graduate four seniors -- forwards Hannah Peters and Beth Eversman, defender Molly Penn and Dreyer -- and will return a team loaded with potential.

Izzie Anderson, who missed her freshman season with a knee injury, scored 20 goals and had 11 assists in a breakout season. Sophomore midfielder Morgan Evans showcased her versatility and skill while amassing 19 goals and 14 assists. She can run up top along with Anderson next season or take over Dreyer's role in the middle as a playmaker and a scorer.

Erin Barnes, a speedster on the wing, scored 13 goals this season and gives the Raiders a breakaway threat next season.

The scary part is it is still a young team. The Raiders had three sophomore starters this season, and two other sophomores played significant minutes. Both goalkeepers return, and three freshmen who saw time will be back in the fold.

It makes another state tournament run possible, even if the Raiders get bumped to Class 2A because of the IHSA's success factor.