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QND's Final Four hopes hinge on beating Gibault in Super

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Fresh off Saturday's sectional championship, the QND soccer team turns their focus towards earning a state tournament berth on Tuesday. Fresh off Saturday's sectional championship, the QND soccer team turns their focus towards earning a state tournament berth on Tuesday.

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- For the Quincy Notre Dame soccer team there's more to accomplish than simply a sectional championship.

But even so, senior Brendan Smith says there was plenty of celebration on the bus ride home following Saturday's 'Sweet 16' win over Litchfield.

The Raiders should celebrate considering they entered the postseason with just five wins during the regular season.

Two regional victories and a pair of sectional victories later, and Greg Reis' squad is one win away from the state tournament.

Junior forward Cooper Reis says the return of sophomore Aubrey Reis from injury and the rejuvenated play out of Evan Riggs have provided a huge lift.

"It'll be interesting, definitely having Aubrey (Reis) and (Evan) Riggs back together. I don't think they've played together with everyone on top," Cooper said. 

"Our possession should be pretty good, and playing this team for the second time we know what they've got and we should be ready."

And Cooper knows earning a Final Four berth is something not many anticipated coming to fruition.

"It would be huge, especially with everyone not expecting us to do it. It'd be awesome."

Next up for QND is Waterloo Gibault in Tuesday night's Class 1A Super-Sectional at Collinsville starting at 6 p.m.

The team's met during the regular season and Gibault came out on top 1-0.

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