Despite a very successful season this past year, the Quincy Girls Soccer Team has their goals set high for this upcoming season and hopes to do even better than the last team’s accomplishment.
The spring 2021 team ended the season with a 3-1 league record and 8-3 overall. Their only league loss was to Cascade in their last game of the season, on April 1. Despite that league loss, the girls still walked away with the Caribou Trail League Title for the first time in the program’s history. “It’s something that I’ve kept telling the girls, that last year, huge accomplishment, but this year, I want them to aim for a higher goal. Which, for me, would be making the state tournament. That would be ideal,” Quincy head coach Francisco Tafoya said.
Tafoya said that he feels that last year’s season told other teams in the Caribou Trail League that Quincy is competitive and not just a roll-over type of team.
The fall 2021 roster also shows their commitment to the sport. The soccer team lost four seniors last year, but all 14 other players returned this year. The team also gained about 10 new girls, bringing the total turnout to 24 and allowing Quincy to have varsity and junior varsity teams unlike most years where the turnout was just below what was needed.
Tafoya still has his two assistant coaches to help him with all the additional players, Marvin Ortiz and Veronica Cruz. Cruz will coach the junior varsity team while Tafoya coaches the varsity. Tafoya said he is glad that they will have a junior varsity team so that all players can get as much playing time as possible.
This season’s team has about 12-15 seniors, Tafoya said. With that many seniors, Tafoya said that there can be a gap in player ability between the seniors and underclassmen which can make it hard to challenge the senior players. He said he hopes this year’s team can build as strong of a team bond as the team last year because he attributes a lot of the team’s success to that camaraderie.
Tafoya says his only worry about the season is keeping the players healthy and injury-free.
The first match of the season will be a home match against Ephrata on Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. They have a total of 17 matches scheduled this season.