QHS, Hannibal fit to be tied, while QND overwhelms West Plains on tourney’s first night


Hannibal's Abbie Martin drives the ball up the left sideline during Friday night's game against Quincy High School at Flinn Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Friday night felt more like November football weather than the spring soccer season at Flinn Stadium with temperatures dipping close to the freezing mark and wind chills falling below 30 degrees.

It didn’t put a chill on the fervor of a cross-river rivalry.

The Quincy High School girls soccer team built a one-goal halftime lead against Hannibal in their matchup in the QHS Kickoff Showcase, only to see the Pirates’ Abbie Martin score her second goal of the match midway through the second half to forge a 2-2 tie.

Quincy Notre Dame also opened play in the Showcase with a 6-0 victory over West Plains (Mo.).

By the time the Raiders wrapped up their victory and the Blue Devils and Pirates took the turf, the intermittent rain and sleet had passed, but the howling wind played a factor.

QHS (1-0-1) took advantage of the conditions to score two first-half goals. Bri Lannerd converted an Avery Morrison assist for the first goal seven minutes into the game. Hannibal (2-0-1) ultimately tied the game on Martin’s first goal with 15 minutes remaining in the half.

Morrison gave the Blue Devils the lead when she scored off a Maddy Kuhl assist with 8:30 remaining in the half, running onto a through ball that allowed her to go 1-on-1 with Pirates goalkeeper Ava Turner.

Hannibal tied the game with 19 minutes remaining when Ashley Davis hit a shot from about 25 yards out that QHS goalkeeper Taylor Fohey dove to her left and batted away. Martin filled the space on the backside of the play, corralled the rebound and converted into the open net.

Both teams are scheduled to play twice Saturday. Hannibal will face Springfield at 10:30 a.m. and West Plains at 1:30 p.m. Quincy is scheduled to play West Plains at 9 a.m. and Ladue Horton Watkins at 3 p.m. All games will be at Flinn Stadium.

QND (2-1) will face Ladue at 10:30 a.m. at Advance Physical Therapy Field.

Coming off Tuesday’s 2-0 setback at Orchard Farms in St. Louis, the Raiders built a two-goal lead at halftime against the Zizzers and blitzed them with four goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

Makayla Patton and Addie Flesch scored six minutes apart late in the first half, and they combined to put the game away. Patton scored less than a minute into the second half and then converted a Flesch assist into her third goal with 28 minutes remaining in the game.

Patton scored her fourth goal two minutes later, and Flesch capped the scoring with 23 minutes to play.

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