Girls soccer: Quincy Kellett leads Rosary to upset over Nazareth
Updated: May 23, 2012 8:51PM
Quincy Kellett’s huge 28-goal freshman season keeps taking Rosary girls soccer to historic heights.
Striking for goals in each half of Tuesday’s Class 2A Nazareth sectional semifinal game, Kellett provided the offense in a 2-0 upset win over the Roadrunners (17-1-3) that sends Rosary (18-5-5) to a sectional final meeting with Benet.
“We knew this was a good team and it would be a tough game, so it’s really exciting to win,” Kellett said.
Kellett provided early excitement in the 13th minute of play when, off a long pass from Molly Piech, she got behind Nazareth’s goalkeeper going for a loose ball at the top of the box and scored into an open net.
“I’m just looking at the goal,” Kellett said. “Molly’s passes are right on my feet. She’s had some amazing passes right to me, so I was just trying to figure out where the goalie is and trying to get it away from her.”
Nazareth had no luck solving Rosary goalkeeper Lauren Frasca, who withstood relentless pressure (a 12-4 Nazareth edge in shots in goal) to earn a shutout.
“The energy I got from us scoring early…I just wanted to keep the momentum going,” said Frasca, who also endured eight Nazareth corner kicks in the match. “Our defense played so well. One of our center mids dropped back once we scored, just to make sure nothing went through, and our center back Maria (Witte), her back has been bothering her but she played great.”
Courtney Bila, Stephanie Ebert and Taylor Gibson were other standouts at defender, and Kellett provided breathing room with 21:50 to play when she broke free on right wing and fired a 20-yard shot into the net for a 2-0 lead.
The Roadrunners nearly reversed the momentum with 9:09 left in the game, but a goal by Maureen Culligan was denied when the header to her from the end line was ruled to be from out of bounds.
That play culminated a frustrating day of missed chances that ended Nazareth’s 20-game unbeaten streak.
“Soccer’s an evil game,” Roadrunners’ coach John Nikchevich said. “You look at the game and we controlled 90 percent of the possession, but we didn’t take advantage of our opportunities. They came in and got a good win.”
Good may be an understatement.
“We were the underdogs: Nazareth’s undefeated,” Frasca said. “We just wanted to show who Rosary is, and it’s the first time in history Rosary has even won this (sectional semifinal) game. To have that honor is great, and we can’t wait for Saturday.”
“The seniors deserve this,” Rosary coach Kristy Kane said. “They worked so hard for four years, so it’s nice to see them go as far as we’ve ever gone.”