On the prep soccer pitch, since starting the season at 0-3, QHS Head Coach Ron Bridal’s Blue Devils have change the narrative surrounding their season in a very positive way.
Quincy lost two of their first three games thanks to penalty kick’s and the other by just one goal and after their disappointing start QHS reeled off three straight games have posted an impressive 7-2-2 overall slate since including a big win against their crosstown rivals from QND last month at Flinn Memorial Stadium.
For the Blue Devils the big transformation on the pitch came after looking themselves in the mirror and being honest regarding their performance and execution at that point, the Blue Devils also began to hold each other accountable before it was too late to change their fortunes and the direction of their season.
Senior midfielder Jack Bartley said, “So we had to really look in the mirror and determine what kind of team we wanted to be this year.
And we came back on practice, worked our butts off and really had a mindset change to work a little bit harder and prove that we weren’t the team those first three games.”
Junior forward Andrew VanderMaide added that, “We’re kind of realizing our time is limited here and we want to win as much games as we can.”
Headed into tonight’s game against Geneseo, Quincy is sporting a perfect 4-0 slate in Western Big 6 play and the Blue Devils are coming off an impressive 5-4 victory against Belleville East on Saturday, during that win, the Blue Devils tallied goals from five different players.
With just two weeks left in the regular season, QHS knew even during that back and forth match this past weekend, what the game could mean down the stretch as the regular season winds to a close.
Bridal said that “We talked to them at halftime of that game and said that this game is going to be a turning point.
And to come out the way they did in the second half and respond with the number of goals they responded with was really important.
I mean that kind of heart that they showed just kind of gives you an example the kind of gritty, the kind of kids that they are.”