Hall of Fame Inductee - 1995-96 Boys Soccer Team
To gauge just how dominant the
1995 Quincy High School boys soccer
team was, take a spin through
the Illinois High School Association
record book. You’ll find the Blue
- second for most goals scored
in a season with 161;
- tied for seventh for most goals
scored in a match with 18 in the
regional opener against East Peoria;
- 27th for most wins in a season
with a 25-3-1 record;
- and tied for 32nd for most
shutouts in a season with 17.
So what did all of that lead up
to? Just the best finish in program
history as the Blue Devils took
fourth place at the state tournament.
Coached by Matt Longo and led
by all-state forward Donivan
Bradshaw, the QHS Hall of Famer
who is tied for 26th on the IHSA’s
list of most goals scored in a season
with 45 goals, the Blue Devils
simply overpowered their opponents.
The scored four or more goals in
their first seven games and finished
the season with 21 games with four
or more goals. Meanwhile, they
allowed only 20 goals, four of those
coming at the state tournament.
Quincy beat QND three times,
outscoring the crosstown rival 14-3.
The Blue Devils won the regional
with a 9-0 victory over Rock Island
Alleman and captured the sectional
title with a 4-0 victory over Moline.
A 6-1 victory over Normal U-High
in the super-sectional sent QHS to
the state tournament for the first
time in school history, while a 1-0
victory over Chicago Juarez in the
quarterfinals assured the Blue
Devils of a trophy.
Quincy lost 1-0 to Evanston in the
semifinals and 2-1 to Palatine
Fremd in the third-place game.
The team included Chris
Goodwin, Jerry Gallaher, Michael
Carder, Jason Dieckhoff, Kevin
Howser, Donivan Bradshaw,
Brandon Zimmerman, T.J. Spohr,
Scott Mathison, Philip Hyde, Adam
McNett, Casey Otten, Ron Eaton,
Harrison Lane, Brad Hultz, Ryan
Speckhart, Everette Abbey, Colin
Ash and Ryan Thomas.
Longo was assisted by Andy
Nelson, Dick Stewart and Bill
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