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Posted on Oct 15, 2018

Quincy soccer team endures tough stretch of games

The Quincy Lady Jacks soccer team enters the home stretch of its surprising 2018 season seeking to sneak back into the playoff picture after a stretch of three tough losses, two of them on the road.
The Lady Jacks lost Oct. 4 in a road nailbiter at Grandview 1-0 with a Greyhound goal in the third minute, before losing at home to Ellensburg in another close one, 3-2 on Oct. 6, with Quincy goals by Nayeli Salazar and Sheridan Donovan.
Then, on Oct. 9, Othello used a sluggish start by the Lady Jacks to jump to a 4-0 lead before allowing a late goal by the visiting Quincy squad’s Brianna Pedregon.
“We are giving away cheap goals that kind of kill us in the first 10 minutes,” Quincy head coach Francisco Tafoya said.
The final result, 4-1, sealed the Lady Jacks’ fourth loss in a row, after a streak of three wins. The Lady Jacks sit at the edge of the playoff picture, tied for sixth place with East Valley-Yakima, with a 2-4 record in league. The Jacks hold at least one tiebreaker over East Valley, having defeated the Red Devils 4-3 in a slugfest Sept. 27.
Next up for the Jacks (5-6 record overall) was a friendly against Prosser on Oct. 10. Results weren’t available prior to press time.
The team would likely use the Prosser friendly to give playing time to some bench players and rest some of the starters, Tafoya said.
Then, Oct. 11, the Jacks return to the grind with a home game against Selah, which defeated Quincy at Selah on Sept. 18, 11-0.
Things should be different this time around, Tafoya said. Quincy played that September game with 11 players and no subs. Secondly, some teams in the same level as or below Quincy have given the Vikings some trouble lately and there’s no reason the Lady Jacks squad at full strength should not put up a fight, Tafoya said.
Kickoff is at noon.
Then, the season closes with two road games the Quincy Lady Jacks must win in order to secure a playoff berth.
First, they travel to Prosser to play the Mustangs in a league contest this time, on Oct. 16, and then they travel to Toppenish to play the Wildcats on Oct. 18.
By then, the Lady Jacks should have starters Piper Horning and Biridiana Diaz back in action after dealing with leg injuries.
“We’ve missed their presence,” Tafoya said.
As of Oct. 10, the Wildcats and Mustangs are a combined 0-11 in league and 2-20 overall.
Moreover, Quincy beat Toppenish 4-2 on Sept. 22.

By Sebastian Moraga, sports@4n5.ecc.myftpupload.com