Girls Soccer: Richmond-Burton no match for Quincy Notre Dame

Updated: May 25, 2012 10:33PM

Quincy Notre Dame senior Shannon Foley left an impression Friday night on Richmond-Burton’s soccer team, as well as the IHSA record book.

The Maryville University-bound forward set a Class 1A state tournament finals record with four goals, and the unbeaten Raiders cruised to a berth in Saturday’s 7 p.m. championship match by beating Richmond-Burton 6-0 in the semifinals at North Central College in Naperville.

“It’s the first time I’ve done it in my career,” said Foley about scoring four goals. “So it’s kind of exciting.”

Foley teamed up with her sister, sophomore forward Cassidy, to provide a 4-0 halftime cushion. Shannon had a first-half hat trick after her sister opened the scoring 6:24 into the match with a goal off a quick throw-in by Shannon.

“We work on quick throw-ins and the other team wasn’t prepared for it, and Cassidy was wide open,” Shannon Foley said.

Then Shannon Foley unleashed her barrage, starting from 12 yards out off an assist from her sister. Cassidy Foley also assisted on her sister’s final goal of the half, a shot from 10 yards out that caromed off Rockets goalie Hannah Koening and across the goal mouth into the net.

Shannon Foley’s fourth goal came 1:05 into the second half off a corner kick from her sister, and it not only established a 1A mark but tied the most goals ever scored in a state finals tournament match at any level. It was the 100th goal of Foley’s career.

“There’s maybe four or five girls on our team who have experience with playing on a bigger field with more fans and it’s definitely a different atmosphere,” Shannon Foley said. “It made a difference tonight.”

Jordan Frericks added an unassisted goal to complete the scoring.

“They’re quite a tandem,” Notre Dame coach Mark Longo said of the Foley sisters. “And then you throw Jordan in there and when she gets loose we call it our three-headed monster. And we kind of like it.”

The Raiders (27-0), who won the state title in 2010, came into the state semifinals with a 126-10 goal differential on the season and will play Manteno for the title. Notre Dame beat Manteno in the 2010 title match and Shannon Foley scored one of the Raiders’ two goals in a shutout victory.

Richmond-Burton finished 22-3-2.

“This is really the first time we’ve been punched in the mouth that hard as a team and didn’t really react to it great,” Richmond-Burton coach Chris Wagner said. “Every little mistake we made they jumped on and finished.”

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