Quincy soccer team wins one, loses one
The Quincy Lady Jacks soccer team earned one of its most memorable wins ever on Sept. 27, rallying from 3-1 down to win 4-3 at East Valley Yakima.
The Jacks’ Emily Wurl scored the winning tally in overtime, closing a game that left many speechless, including Quincy head coach Francisco Tafoya.
“I am at a loss for words,” said Tafoya, “It was a great game and the girls showed a lot of character.”
Tafoya highlighted the effort his girls put forth in battling back, especially since their last road game before that one had been an 11-0 shellacking at the hands of the Selah Vikings.
The Red Devils jumped ahead 2-0 and led 3-1 at halftime, before the Lady Jacks engineered their comeback. Wurl had two goals for the Lady Jacks, Nayeli Salazar had one and Klaritssa Cruz had one.
“It was a great win and it was fun,” Tafoya said. “I told the girls to enjoy it, but also to keep their heads cool and keep working hard.”
The Jacks followed their scrapbook-worthy night on the road with a scrappy performance in a windstorm against Ephrata at home. The Lady Jacks lost 4-0 in a game that was a lot closer than the score suggests. Ephrata led 2-0 with 10 minutes to go.
Despite the setback, Tafoya said the loss will teach his girls to keep battling and not “rest on our laurels,” as he put it. Before Ephrata, the Lady Jacks had won three in a row, the first such streak in the program’s recent history.
“Tough loss, but it wasn’t a bad game on our part,” Tafoya said.
The Lady Jacks are 2-1 in league 5-3-1 overall, on a virtual tie for fourth place with Ellensburg, (2-1, 5-3-0). The top six teams make playoffs.
Next up, the Lady Jacks visit Grandview. The Greyhounds are undefeated in league, 3-0, and 4-5-0 overall, good enough for second place. The game is Oct. 4 at 6 p.m.
After that the Lady Jacks host Ellensburg at 2 p.m., Oct. 6 and then travel to Othello Oct. 9 for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org