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QHS Soccer: Blue Devils look to avoid growing pains

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QHS soccer coach Matt Longo says it's going to be a "growing year" but he's more than ready to see the growth this season. QHS soccer coach Matt Longo says it's going to be a "growing year" but he's more than ready to see the growth this season.

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- This isn't exactly the slowest time of the year for Quincy High soccer coach Matt Longo.

Not only is the veteran Blue Devil skipper trying to get his team prepared for the upcoming season, he's also playing the role of proud grandfather. Within the last week his daughter gave birth to twins.

However, Longo's focus was back on the pitch Friday and Quincy High's challenge of overcoming the graduation loss of All-State forward Blake Herman, midfielder Bronson Melvin, and a cast of seniors who helped lead the Blue Devils to a regional championship appearance.

Longo says it won't be easy but they have no other choice.

"It's going to be a growing year and it's going to be interesting. I've got some great senior leadership, I think they know the will to win because they've been around, and I think they're instilling that into the younger kids. We'll see what happens on Monday night," Longo said. 

"I like our schedule. I think there's some games in there we should win, I think there's some games in there that will be 50/50, and there's some games that I'm not sure we have the capability of (winning). But you know me, we'll put 11 guys on the other side and give it our best shot."

Longo admits he's not 100% sure what to completely expect from his team this season and thinks they will be a lot better later than they will be in the early portions of the season.

"I really don't worry about wins and losses. When the game ends sometimes I have to ask the coaches when I call (in the score) what our record is because I lose track of that. I look at what are we doing each game to make ourselves better and I think that will be an exact statement of what we'll do," he explained. 

"Last year when we started off so bad, after each game I wrote a note: What we need to do, what we need to work on, how are we going to make ourselves better? When we got to that point we pushed (the team) harder and that's not going to change this year."

Quincy High kick starts its season on Monday night when Monmouth/Roseville comes to Flinn Stadium followed by the Blue Devils annual tournament next weekend.

The first of two meetings with crosstown rival QND is scheduled for September 12.

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