Soccer team thumps Wapato and Royal
The Quincy soccer team won its second consecutive game and fifth of its last six with a 2-0 nonleague road victory against the Royal Knights on April 20.
The win at Royal followed a home thumping of the Wapato Wolves on April 18, 5-2.
The win allowed Quincy to climb into the black, with a 4-3 record, 6-5 overall, good enough for sixth place. The top six teams qualify for postseason play, with the top four earning a home game.
The Jacks have two more league games to go, one on April 23 at home against Ephrata (results were unavailable prior to press time) and another on April 25 at 4 p.m. at Ellensburg. The Jacks also play 1A school Cascade at 1 p.m. on April 27.
Two wins against Ephrata and Ellensburg could place the Jacks as high as fourth, Tafoya said, which would secure a spot at districts without worrying about how other teams do.
Against the Royal Knights, the Quincy Jacks lived dangerously. On Easter weekend and on the day of the prom, the Jacks could only suit up 11 players for the game, with no subs.
Chris Quintero scored at the edge of halftime, with an assist from Saul Buenrostro, to give the Jacks the lead. Quincy struck again in the second half with a tally by Felipe Zepeda, with Buenrostro once again providing the assist.
“These guys pulled it out, ran the whole game, luckily with no injuries and they came out with a 2-0 win,” coach Francisco Tafoya said.
Faced with the prospect of playing a midseason nonleaguer on the road with no subs, the thought of calling a forfeit crossed his mind, Tafoya said, but “we have too much pride to do something like that.”
Prior to the Royal game, the Quincy Jacks hosted Wapato on April 18 in a game that was a tale of two halves. Lots of missed chances in the first half allowed Wapato to stay in the game, and even make it a tense one, scoring on a penalty kick right before halftime to make the score 2-1 for Quincy.
“We just had too many opportunities, right in front of the goal, clear ones that we were just blowing over or pushing to the side,” he said.
In the second half, after a succinct halftime talk from Tafoya (“I just gave the boys their moment to figure things out on their own,” he said), the Jacks came out blasting, scoring twice in the first 15 minutes to put the game out of reach.
Saul Buenrostro scored the first goal, early in the match, followed by Jose “Chepe” Lopez halfway through the first half. Zepeda scored in the 50th minute, Quintero seven minutes later and then Brian Coronel in the 78th minutes.
Backup goalie Irvin Perez had a good performance starting for the Jacks against Wapato. The starter Jairo Carrillo was not injured, but Tafoya said that he saw this week as a good opportunity to give Perez some time under the three tubes.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org