Boys soccer team gains momentum at the right time
The Quincy Jacks boys soccer team seems determined to get off the canvas, winning three in a row after losing three straight.
The Jacks bested Selah on penalty kicks on April 6, with Jair Carrillo stopping two kicks.
Then, the Jacks dismantled Prosser 7-0 at home on April 9. Lastly, the Jacks defeated Othello on penalty kicks April 13, in a game that the Jacks trailed 2-0 but tied 2-2 with goals at the end of each half.
First-year coach Francisco Tafoya credits his team for adapting to a new system.
“It was just a matter of time before the kids bought into everything,” he said, describing the new mentality as one where the players go into every game expecting to win.
Always reticent to single out players for good or for bad, Tafoya did highlight the performance of holding midfielder Hector Dominguez, in the midst of a breakout season as the player who “does the dirty work,” as Tafoya said, in front of the Quincy backline.
“If the other team is trying to counter, he is there to break up any buildup play and distribute the ball properly to the wings or to the other midfielders,” Tafoya said, describing Dominguez as someone who has done an awesome job.
“I don’t like to single out players, but he’s really stepped it up,” he added.
With players like Saul Buenrostro, Jose “Tachis” Lopez and Adrian Borja all contributing to the scorer’s ledge, the team shows a multifaceted attack that relieves one single player from carrying all the load on offense, Tafoya added.
Against Othello, the Jacks fell behind 2-0 before Buenrostro cut the lead in half in the last minute of the first half, a goal that gave Quincy a big mental boost right before the break.
“That was a turnaround,” Tafoya said. “Definitely.”
Then, right before the final whistle, Ernesto Nuñez tied it up for the Jacks, sending the game into overtime and then to penalty kicks, where the Jacks prevailed 4-2.
Against Prosser, Borja had two goals, aided by single tallies by Buenrostro, Dominguez, Zepeda (unassisted), Jesus Hernandez and Chris Balbuena, with two assists by Nuñez, and one each by Jose Luis Lopez, Roberto Corona, Brayan Coronel and Brayan Sorto
Next up for the Jacks (3-2 in league, 4-4 overall,) was a game at Toppenish on April 16. Results weren’t available prior to press time. After that came a home game against Wapato on April 18 at 6 p.m. and a rare midseason non-league matchup at Royal (SCAC) on April 20 at 1 p.m. Then, on April 23, comes the long-awaited clash with Ephrata at home, at 6 p.m.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com