Mix of newcomers, experience helping Quincy out of CWAC cellar

Print Article

Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Quincy defender Rebekah Castro (4) clears the ball away from Warden forward Aaliyah Escamilla earlier in the season.

Quincy entered the locker room at East Valley down 3-1 at halftime.

In the past, the team would shrug its shoulders, give up a few more goals and play out the string until the final whistle blew.

But this year is different.

Quincy showed off its revamped defense with a second-half shutout, allowing the offense to tie the game and freshman Emily Wurl to score the game-winner in overtime.

A full blown win-streak? Wins in four of its last five games? Tied for first place in the Central Washington Athletic Conference (CWAC) at the start of league play?

“I think a lot of it has to do with these girls just finally getting their mentality to stay where they believe in themselves and they actually aren’t going into games thinking that, ‘Oh, we’re going to lose today,’” first-year head Francisco Tafoya said. “So I think that’s a big turnaround for us.”

Turnaround might be putting it mildly.

From 2013 to 2017, the Jacks’ girls soccer team totaled five wins; their best season in recent memory was a six-win campaign in 2012. This season, Quincy is already 5-2-1 overall and is tied for first place in the CWAC with Ephrata, Grandview and Selah at 2-0. Quincy’s two losses have come against Warden and Selah, who are a combined 16-0.

“We’re just playing a lot more organized,” Tafoya said. “I think we finally got our formation and what I would consider to probably be our starting line, but we’ve still got a lot of options in our bench that could be very viable for us the rest of the season.”

Quincy’s roster is a nice mix of underclassmen ready to change the program’s perception and a handful of upperclassmen bridging the gap. Wurl burst onto high school athletics with a hat trick in her first varsity game. Wurl, Sheridan Donovan, Lillian Pena, Stephanie Aguirre, Nayeli Salazar and Shannon Workinger are all freshmen finding their way in their first season on varsity.

“They just brought a lot of energy with them,” Tafoya said. “I know they’ve been together since probably about the age of seven or eight and it’s good to have a group of girls that we don’t really have to go and explain the rules of the game, too much knowledge about the game of soccer — they’ve already come with it.”

Tafoya also highlighted senior captains Hailey McKee and Giselle Hernandez for their ability to integrate the younger players with the rest of the seniors and junior on the roster.

“They’ve kept the team gelled together pretty well,” he said.

Quincy will find out about its grit this week, hosting Ephrata on Tuesday at 6 p.m. before traveling to Grandview on Thursday.

“I feel like if these girls actually go out mentally stable to where they want this game, we can maybe just give Ephrata a tough challenge and put a couple goals on them,” Tafoya said.

Print Article

Read More High School

Moses Lake wrestling pins its way by Eastmont

December 12, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald EAST WENATCHEE — Jonathan Tanguma had a week to forget after a loss in the season-opening dual against Sunnyside and another second-round loss to league opponent Nathan Chang of Eastmont at the...

Comments

Read More

Warden girls overcome turnovers, fouls to remain unbeaten

December 11, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald WARDEN — Warden girls basketball is still a “work in progress,” according to first-year head coach Josh Madsen. Tuesday night against Mabton, the team showcased some of the progress as well as the w...

Comments

Read More

Prep results for Tuesday, Dec. 11.

December 11, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald Prep results for Tuesday, Dec. 11. BOYS WRESTLING Moses Lake 54, Eastmont 15 Box score 106: Double forfeit 113: Eastmont forfeit 120: Jonathan Tanguma (ML) p. Nathan Chang 126: Hunter Whit...

Comments

Read More

Othello wallops Wapato in CWAC home dual

December 11, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald OTHELLO — Ugly sweater Tuesday was a little hard on the eyes, but Othello’s 60-15 victory over Wapato was a thing of beauty. The Huskies (2-0) were fresh off their third straight Leonard Schutte Inv...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(509) 765-4561
PO Box 910
Moses Lake, WA 98837

©2018 Columbia Basin Herald Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X