Cougars Left Wet
The game started out under a bright sunny sky. Within minutes, Chris Salcido put pressure on the Northwest defense, getting a shot that most goalies would not have stopped, but this attempt was thwarted by the Jags’ goaltender. Just moments later, the Jaguars started the scoring off on a penalty kick. With about thirteen minutes left in the first half, again, Salcido was stopped by an excellent save from the Jaguars goalie, keeping the score at 1-0. It was able to stay that way for several more minutes due the speed and defense of Ben Quintanilla. With just seven minutes left in the first half, Zachary Levey scored an incredible goal from nearly forty yards out, tying the game at one. The Cougars kept up the pressure and with about a minute left in the first half, Larry Agyei faked out the defender and placed a shot perfectly in the upper right corner, for his second goal of the season, giving Quince Orchard a 2-1 lead going into halftime. Just over five minutes into the second half, the sprinklers went off on half the field, which delayed the game for nearly ten minutes. During this time, many players used this opportunity to cool off, soaking their heads. Once play resumed, over the next ten minutes, the Jags were able to score twice, taking a 3-2 lead. QO tied the score with just under eleven minutes to go, as Darwin Trejos put in a rebound off a save of another shot on goal by Salcido, to tie the game at three. In this back and forth affair, the Jags reclaimed the lead on a header with under seven minutes to play in regulation, and put the game out of reach with a fifth goal with two minutes left, to solidify a 5-3 Northwest win.
Reported by Michael Hyman