Penalty-kick shootout losses end playoff hopes for boys soccer team
The cold-hearted crapshoot known around the world as the penalty-kick shootout put an end to the 2019 boys soccer season for the Quincy Jacks.
Forced into a tiebreaker with two other squads, the Jacks traveled to Wapato to play two shortened games, in order to determine who would advance into districts on April 27.
In both cases, the Jacks tied 0-0 and went straight to penalty kicks. In both cases, the Jacks lost the shootout.
Season over, despite a 5-4 record.
“If we had won the last two (regular season) games, we would have been in districts and finished at least in fourth place,” head coach Francisco Tafoya said.
Instead, the Jacks pounded on Ephrata 4-1 and recouped for Quincy the Battle of the Basin trophy, but could not get past Ellensburg, losing on the road, 2-0. That coupled with the results of other games elsewhere “brought us to this situation of these little games today,” said Tafoya after the two 40-minute tiebreakers were over.
Selah had to beat Othello in order for Quincy to qualify for the tiebreakers. The Vikings prevailed over the Huskies 2-1.
“Mentally, they were just grateful they were going to get another opportunity,” Tafoya said of his squad after they heard of the Selah-Othello result. “And hopefully make things right, but it wasn’t the case at the end of the day.”
The team was “pretty distraught” after being eliminated, Tafoya said.
Four varsity seniors leave the program this year.
“It’s a team that’s mainly strong in juniors and sophomores this year, so we pretty much have a strong core for next year,” he said.
With his first year as boys head coach over, Tafoya said he would emphasize resilience and team unity if he had a chance to do it over.
“It’s something I’m gonna work on as a coach to hopefully guide them to a better season next year,” he said.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org