Girls Soccer: Quincy Kellett’s four goals fuel Rosary to regional final win

Story Image Rosary's Quincy Kellett puts her foot into the ball during the Royals' 6-1 win over IMSA in the IHSA Regional championshp on Saturday. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media

Updated: May 19, 2012 5:24PM

Good things come in fours for Rosary.

Saturday’s 6-1 2A regional final win over IMSA featured four goals by freshman forward Quincy Kellett and also gave the Royals their fourth consecutive regional title. It was Rosary’s first regional championship under coach Kristy Kane.

“It’s my first as head coach, so that’s exciting but it’s kind of nerve-wracking because you feel like it’s almost expected because you’ve done it the last three years,” Kane said. “I felt pretty confident coming into today but I just didn’t want the girls to be overconfident. I think they came out and played hard right from the get-go, so that was important.”

Kellett got the Royals (17-5) on the board in the first minute, scoring on a breakaway off a pass from Molly Piech just 34 seconds into the game. Piech assisted Kellett on two more goals for the day and later scored off a Kellett assist.

“Luckily, Quincy’s really fast and so whenever I see an opening between the defenders, I can play a ball into her and she always gets on it and usually finishes, so it’s really convenient for us,” Piech, a junior midfielder, said. “We just worked hard out there and connecting passes through the whole team from the defense through the offense went well today.”

Elizabeth Kelley added a goal for Rosary with 13 minutes, 1 second to go in the first half. The score came off a corner kick by Haley Kilbride, with Kelley tapping the ball in the net for a 2-0 lead.

Piech again found Kellett for the final goal of the half with 6:40 remaining before intermission. Kilbride then hooked up with Kellett for her third goal at the 34:40 mark of the second half.

Titans midfielder Rae Hohle scored unassisted in the 50th minute to break the shutout but that would be all IMSA (12-12-1) could muster offensively.

“We tried our best,” Titans coach Sal Tamayo said. “With the team, we don’t have a lot of substitutes and it’s a hot day, and (the Royals) were fast.”

He came away pleased with his team’s refusal to get down, despite facing a 4-0 deficit before it could score.

“The effort that they put (in was good), especially in the second half, we tried to get back—we scored one goal,” Tamayo said. “Unfortunately, they got tired. They got tired at the end.”

Senior goalkeeper Samantha Levin made 11 saves for IMSA. Her performance helped keep the score lower than it could have been with an average keeper.

After Piech twice assisted on Kellett goals, Kellett returned the favor with an assist to Piech with 10:31 to play. Piech then reverted to her unselfish ways, finding Kellett for her fourth goal of the game 19 seconds later.

“I really like playing with her,” Kellett said of Piech. “She had some great crosses and sometimes it’s harder to get the crosses that are in the air, but she usually puts them down by your feet so they’re easier to tip in. We had nice passes to each other.”

Lauren Frasca made one save for Rosary.

After knocking off seventh-seeded IMSA, the No. 3 Royals will take on Nazareth in the Nazareth Sectional Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. The Roadrunners are undefeated this year and seeded No. 2 overall in the Nazareth Sectional.

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