Soccer beats Pullman 3-2, advances at State
PULLMAN – The Quincy Jacks’ boys soccer team overcame an early 2-0 deficit on the road to defeat the Pullman Greyhounds 3-2 in the first round of the state tournament.
Defensive miscues allowed Pullman to get on the board early, but the QHS team knows itself and knew it could come back, Quincy head coach Arturo Guerrero said.
“They have so much guts, they are so good, so talented, they did not give up. They adjusted a little bit and played with more intensity.”
In the 20th minute of the first half, Francisco Alejandrez scored the first Quincy goal. Orlando Serrano had the assist.
In the second half, Quincy maintained the pressure on the Greyhounds
“We have 12 seniors and nine are starters,” Guerrero said. “They are not going to go down very easy. They are going to go down fighting.”
In the 50th minute of play, Alejandrez had his second tally, with an assist by Kevin Rios.
Tied 2-2, Pullman saw itself forced to attack more, which opened gaps in its backline and gave Quincy more opportunities to score.
In the 60th minute, Freddy Ruiz scored the Jacks’ third goal, unnasisted.
The Pullman attack intensified, which left even more gaps that could have given Quincy a more comfortable lead. However, the ball refused to go in, and the Jacks had to hang on to their one-goal lead.
“It was an intense game,” Guerrero said. In their last nine games, the Greyhounds had allowed an astonishing two goals. All season long, they had allowed more than two goals once and more than one goal twice.
“You look at the strength of our league, it’s like twice that of theirs,” Guerrero said, pointing out at the difference in state berths. The CWAC had three teams reach state, while Pullman’s Great Northern League had one.
The win helped erase some of the sting from last year’s 2-1 loss to Pullman in the first round of state, Guerrero said.
Next up is a match against a more familiar rival than the dogs from the Palouse: league champ Toppenish will host the Jacks.
The Wildcats beat Grandview 2-1 on the road Tuesday.
In this year’s district semifinals, Quincy beat Toppenish 4-3. In the regular season game, Toppenish won 3-2.
The Jacks’ quarterfinal game will be Saturday. Check out our Facebook page for kickoff time.
“It will be another battle, another war,” Guerrero said in Spanish. “We have had very good games against both. We know it won’t be easy, but we have to give it everything.”
— By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org