Jacks win district opener
The Jacks passed their first postseason test by defeating the Toppenish 4-2 on Tuesday.
Quincy (12-6) found themselves in the 1-0 hole at the half, but put together an offensive second half that led to a pair of penalty kicks by sophomore Kevin Rios and two more goals by seniors Mike Diaz and Andy Vargas.
“It was another nice comeback,” said coach Arturo Guerrero. “It feels great to score four in the second half.”
Toppenish (13-7) scored a late goal for the 4-2 final, but Quincy held an 11-5 advantage on shots on goal.
The Jacks host Othello (16-4) on Thursday at 6 p.m. The number-4 seed Huskies defeated number-1 seed Grandview 2-1 in overtime. Grandview (12-6) hosts Toppenish on Thursday.
Quincy 4, Toppenish 2
The Jacks missed several point blank shots, as well as several other short range shots in the first half. The Wildcats took advantage of Quincy’s play with a goal in the eighth minute by Isaac Lopez.
“We had so many good opportunities,” Guerrero said. “They act like they have to prove something. They want to take it so hard, (they need to) just put in the corner. I feel they want to do too much. Make a statement.”
After halftime, Quincy began to control the field and it led to a pair of penalty kicks. Both times senior midfielder Daniel Contreras was tripped in the box. Both PKs were taken by Rios, the first in the 50th and second in the 55th minute. He stuck both shots in the lower left corner of the net, with keeper Ernesto Gil watching it fly by.
“That’s my strongest point to the left,” Rios said. “He just stayed straight in the middle.”
The Jacks kept up the pace and senior Mike Diaz took a cross from Francisco Alejandrez in the 58th minute and scored off a header. The final goal by the Jacks came in the 71st minute from Andy Vargas. His 18-yard, assisted by Alejandrez, caught Gil flat-footed as it sailed into the right side of the net.
The Wildcats final goal came in the 79th minute off the foot of Uzziel Mendoza.
Quincy hosts the Huskies on Thursday in a state qualifying game. The winner is the District 5/6/7 #1 seed and the loser hosts Cheney for the third seed into the state tournament on Saturday.
“Great job. I’m very proud. It was an incredible second half,” said Guerrero. “That’s how we need to finish.”