Quincy United finishes strong season of youth soccer
The Quincy United youth soccer program has closed the book on one of its best seasons in recent memory, with teams at several age levels bringing trophies home.
The U-9 boys and U-12 boys team finished in first place in the Puget Sound Premier League. The U-10 girls team finished in a three-way tie for first place. The U-15 boys team finished third in the Washington National Premier League, described by Joseph James, operations director at Quincy United, as the top rung of youth soccer in the state. The U-17 boys team finished in first place in its division.
In addition, the U-17 boys team won the state league title, and the U-15 boys team made it to the state semifinals, losing in a penalty kick shootout, James said.
Quincy players make up the entirety of the teams, James added.
“These kids have been doing an excellent job all season,” James said. The success at the statewide level has been coupled with success at the local level, with Quincy United teams making their mark at the annual Apple Cup tournament in Wenatchee in October.
Three teams participated in this year’s tournament, which was hosted by Wenatchee FC. All three Quincy United teams qualified for their respective championship matches.
Quincy United’s U-10 girls team won their final match, as did Quincy United’s U-10 boys squad. The U-12 boys team finished in second place.
As reasons for the success, James noted that every team in Quincy United had its own coach, with no coaches having to coach two or more squads.
Ernesto Sanchez coaches the U-9 boys, Jenny Peña coaches U-10 girls. Jesus Plascencia and Gerardo Silvas coach U-12 boys. John Toevs coaches U-15 boys, Adriana Olmedo and James coach the U-17 boys. Russ Harrington and Kelly Donovan coach U-16 girls.
“I got coaches for every team this year, so nobody is double-booked,” he said. He praised both players and coaches for “giving it their all this year.”
The strength of the program has begun paying dividends at the high school level, as well, with Quincy United alumni like Emily Wurl and Sheridan Donovan making a big difference for Quincy High School’s girls soccer team this year.
The Lady Jacks just finished their best season in the program’s history, qualifying for playoffs, and with freshman Wurl as the leading scorer and first-team all-conference selection.
“Our overall goal is not only to produce great select players for Quincy United but our overall goal is to deliver great talent to the high school,” James said, describing the job of the Quincy United as training, developing and mentoring the youth. Some of these coaches have impressive credentials, with national certifications at different levels.
“We got coaches who know how to coach the game, and they are getting trained on how to coach the game,” James said.
The season may be over, but the competition will resume once the weather warms up again.
The U-17 and U-15 boys teams will play in a regional tournament in May, right after the end of high school boys soccer, James said.
The top squad in regionals advances to nationals.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com