Luis Rubalcava-Cunan advances the ball for Quincy in last week’s 3-1 semifinal win against Redding Christian. The Trojans went on to win the section championship. Photo by Shannon Morrow
The Quincy High School boys’ soccer team captured the section championship with a 3-1 victory in the title match against Tulelake Saturday, Oct. 29.
Two days earlier, the top-seeded Quincy Trojans eliminated Redding Christian in a semifinal match, also by a score of 3-1.
Quincy completed its season with an overall record of 19-5-2.
“It’s been an incredible season for us,” said first-year head coach Tanner Johns. “We’ve been dominant pretty much the whole year. I’m really proud of this team.”
With nine seniors and eight freshmen on the team, Johns explained how the older players helped the younger players come along.
Besides winning the championship, Johns said he is most proud of the fact that none of his players drew a single yellow card all season.
This was in stark contrast to Tulelake, which had three players receive yellow cards in Saturday’s championship match.
The game opened with three early scoring attacks by Tulelake, but then Quincy quickly turned the tables and scored two goals within the first 10 minutes of the match.
Members of the Quincy High School boys’ soccer team walk off the field after winning this year’s championship. From left: Erik Schwartz, Adam Donald, Dante Knowles, Justin Lusk, Viet Tran, Henry Dillingham and (in background) Garrett Hagwood. Photo by Shannon Morrow
Dante Knowles put in the Trojans’ first goal, and Justin Lusk delivered the second goal. Dale Morgan and Luis Rubalcava-Cunan were credited with the assists.
After leading 2-0 at halftime, the Trojans struck again 10 minutes into the second half with a goal by Dale Morgan off an excellent cross from Che Rubalcava-Cunan.
Tulelake scored its lone goal late in the game.
Henry Dillingham led the Trojans with seven steals, followed by Kyle Morgan and Ethan Skemp with five each and Lusk and Viet Tran with four apiece. Keeper Garrett Hagwood made five saves.
In Quincy’s semifinal match against Redding Christian last Thursday, the Trojans fell behind 1-0 early in the game, but then Lusk connected with Dale Morgan for the tying goal, making the score 1-1 at halftime.
Approximately 10 minutes into the second half, Lusk scored off a pass from Luis Rubalcava-Cunan to give Quincy the lead.
The Trojans’ final goal was scored by Luis Rubalcava-Cunan off a corner kick by Lusk.
Hagwood captured seven saves in the game, and Dillingham nabbed nine steals.