Prep Boys Soccer

Blue Devils stay unbeaten in WB6, set up showdown with Rocks

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 9, 2019 12:30 am Updated: Oct. 9, 2019 1:11 am

QUINCY -- During his three years playing varsity soccer at Quincy High School, Jack Bartley watched numerous teammates deal with the emotional battle of Senior Night activities.

Tuesday night, he and 13 teammates shouldered the burden.

"It's a surreal feeling, knowing all the hard work that goes into this final year," said Bartley, a senior midfielder and team captain. "It's sad to realize this is one of my last games at home."

The Blue Devils did their best to make it memorable.

Senior forward Bromley Brown had a hat trick before halftime, Bartley finished with two goals and an assist and nine different players scored -- five seniors -- in a 13-0 whitewashing of Rock Island Alleman at Flinn Stadium.

"Getting everybody involved is a good thing," Bartley said. "It's soccer. Any team can score a goal or convert a mistake. You don't want to come out and not give 100 percent because you never know what could happen.

"So it was good that we worked together and took care of business."

The Blue Devils have to do it one more time on the road to capture another Western Big Six Conference.

Quincy (10-7-2, 6-0 WB6) and Rock Island (11-1-1, 6-0 WB6) are tied for first place with a showdown looming next Tuesday at Rock Island. The Rocks gave themselves a chance to win the title outright by beating Geneseo 1-0 in overtime Tuesday night.

"We have two goals," Brown said. "One is to beat (Quincy Notre Dame). The other is to win the WB6."

Accomplishing the first could help with the second.

QHS and QND square off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Advance Physical Therapy Field, and any momentum the Blue Devils muster could lead right into the Rocky game. That's only if the focus doesn't change.

"We talked about coming out at the beginning of the game and being in control of their attitude and their effort," QHS coach Ron Bridal said. "One of the ways we measure attitude is the kind of communication we see on the field. We heard what we needed to hear.

"The communication reflected the energy they brought."

Brown scored four minutes into the game, tacked on his second less than two minutes later and watched Nick Kelley set up Keaton Hull's goal in the eighth minute for a 3-0 lead.

Austin Wiese, Carter Venvertloh and Jackson Richmiller scored to make 6-0 by the 24th minute. Kelley, Hull and Brown each scored in the final minutes of the half to make it 9-0 and kick in the second-half mercy rule.

Bartley scored twice in the first nine minutes of the second half, while Spencer Jenkins and Andrew VanderMaiden tacked on goals.

"I liked even though we were up 9-0 at halftime we kept bringing it to them and playing hard," Brown said. "We worked on what we've talked about in practice and bringing it to our attack."

Quincy outshot Alleman 29-2 with 18 shots on goal. The Pioneers did force Blue Devils goalkeeper Frank Heck to make two saves, but their attack was limited to two shots from outside the penalty area.

It was the seventh shutout this season and fourth at home, leaving the chance for one more when the Blue Devils face Normal West at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Flinn Stadium in what officially will be the seniors' final home game.

"The time you spend with the kids and them being ready to head the other direction, it's crazy," Bridal said. "It's gone fast."