Soccer earns CWAC victory in OT
This time the Lady Jacks did not let a quick goal set the tone.
Instead Quincy (1-4, 1-10-1) rallied to beat Wapato 3-2 in the second overtime on Saturday. It was their first win in conference play this season and showed just how much this team wanted a victory.
“We wanted it and we showed it,” said senior Adriana Spindola.
After finishing regulation time in a 2-2 draw the game headed into overtime in a golden goal situation. The Lady Jacks took control quickly and ended up with three corners and multiple opportunities in front of the Lady Wolves (0-5-0, 1-8-1) net. But nothing fell in the first five minutes.
The two teams headed into a second overtime and three minutes later senior forward Gabby Flores took a feed from Marlen Bermudez and found herself in a one-on-one situation with the keeper after she sprinted past the last defender. Flores put it in the back right corner of the net and Quincy won their first CWAC match.
“I just relaxed,” she said. “It’s just you and the goalie.
“I heard my dad on the side say ‘You’re good, you have time.’”
That extra bit of encouragement helped her settle in to place her shot past the keeper for the second time in the game. Her first goal also came from a pass from Bermudez. Both goals were a near mirror image of each other. But Flores’ first goal came off a shot to the lower left corner of the net.
“I think it was a tribute to coach (Francisco) Tafoya,” said coach Eric Nelson. “He said to just pass the ball and focus on getting the ball into the net.”
Her first goal gave Quincy a 2-1 lead in the 62nd minute.
The first goal of the game came in the first minute. Wapato’s Liz Belieu got past the defense and stunned sophomore goal keeper Carla Beltran (16 saves) putting into the net. Quincy answered 38 minutes later after missing five shots just over the cross bar or off the crossbar. Sophomore midfielder Alysha Donovan took an assist from Flores and scored a minute before the half.
“We were just passing the ball really well,” Nelson said. “In the first half we just kept fighting.”
Wapato forced overtime after Abigal Sanchez scored in the 77th minute. Despite losing some of the momentum in the final minutes, Quincy seemed ready in the overtime. Nelson said his players were itching to get out there and finish the game.
“Sitting in the huddle I think they wanted it more,” he said. “We pressured. I felt they had really nice movement in the overtime.”
Quincy 3, Wapto 2
1, Wapato – Beliew 1st; 2, Quincy – Donovan (Flores) 39th; 3, Quincy – Flores 62nd; 4, Wapato – Sanchez 77th; 5, Quincy – Flores 88th.
Shots: Quincy15, Wapato 21. Saves: Beltran (Q) 16, Wapato 3. Corners: Quincy 6, Wapato 4.
Ephrata 10, Quincy
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