Win over Prosser boosts Lady Jacks into playoff picture
The Quincy Lady Jacks soccer team continued its surprising 2018 season with a strong road win against Prosser that left the squad one week away from a playoff berth after going winless last year.
The Lady Jacks defeated Prosser 1-0 in what was not only a revenge from a penalty-kick loss to the Mustangs in a friendly game Oct. 10, but also the first time the team had shut out a league opponent in at least five years.
The Lady Jacks beat the SCAC’s Wahluke 5-0 earlier this season. Both wins happened on the road.
“It’s been a while since we have had one of those,” Quincy head coach Francisco Tafoya said, adding that the shutout would be morale booster for the defense.
Against the Mustangs, Sheridan Donovan had the game’s lone goal, 15 minutes into the second half. A free kick by Emily Wurl bounced off the crossbar and landed in front of Donovan.
“Sheridan was just there to pick up the trash and put it in the goal,” Tafoya said.
The team “kind of switched it up” against the Mustangs, putting leading scorer Emily Wurl in goal for the first half. It was the first time this year Wurl had played as goalkeeper.
“She played goal quite a bit growing up, for her club team,” Tafoya said.
For most of the season, the team split playing time under the three tubes between Zayuri Arizmendi and Ryann Harrington.
However, Arizmendi is out for the season with a concussion, Tafoya said.
The team had been giving up early goals, and moving Wurl to goal sought to stop that trend, and it worked out pretty well, Tafoya said.
The win left the Lady Jacks in a great position to earn the sixth and last seed for playoffs. They are tied with East Valley-Yakima at 3-5 in league, with one game left for each team. The Lady Jacks play Toppenish on the road Oct. 18. The Wildcats are 2-6.
The East Valley Red Devils play the winless Wapato Wolves (0-8) on the same day. If the Lady Jacks win, they will have earned the sixth seed, regardless of how the Red Devils do.
A win for the Red Devils and Lady Jacks would leave both teams tied at 4-5, but Quincy would advance, having beaten East Valley 4-3 on Sept. 27.
“I told the girls this is in their hands, it’s up to them if they really want to get that last place for districts,” Tafoya said.
Kickoff against the Toppenish Wildcats is at 6 p.m. at Toppenish High School.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org