Saturday, May 14, 2016

Ladyjacks: Anything but commonplace

An annual appearance in the state tournament has become expected and commonplace for the Ladyjack soccer team.  A playoff victory here and there is indeed special, but what the young ladies from Warren are accomplishing is anything but common.

In the first round of the tournament, the Ladyjacks took on Arkadelphia.  The match started out seeing the Ladyjacks get out to slow start and it looked as though Arkadelphia might just have the fortune to upset the 4-4American champions.  Arkadelphia struck first with a goal from a headband that beat Warren's super talented goalkeeper Karen Linares.  Minutes later, Denisha Stallings answered back for the Ladyjacks to even the score.  Right before the end of the first half, Arkadelphia struck again with another goal that slipped by the Warren defense again.  In second half, things looked dire for Warren, as chance after chance seemed to elude the offense.

What happened next showed the heart of these girls and their "never say die attitude."  With about 10 minutes remaining, Warren's dominating center midfielder, Rosa Bautista hammered home the equalizing goal from just inside the penalty box.  Minutes later, Denisha Stallings struck again with a break away goal that gave the Ladyjacks their first lead with only minutes remaining.  As the clock struck zero, the Ladyjacks stormed the field to celebrate their second come from behind win this season.

Next up for the Ladyjacks were the Lady Sand Lizards from Dardanelle.  This second round game was a totally different type of game as the Ladyjacks stormed out to take a quick lead off the foot of superstar striker Hannah Richey.  About 10 minutes later, the other half of Warren's potent offensive duo, Denisha Stallings,  struck with her third goal of the playoffs.  With only a few minutes remaining, Junior striker Kevina Marshall struck with her first goal of the tournament by head balling a perfect long pass over the outstretched hands of the Dardanelle goalie.  The second half saw Dardanelle get close but never able to put the ball in the net.  The Ladyjacks successfully claimed their spot in the semi finals Saturday morning with a complete performance.

Coach Quoss said, "I don't know what I else I can say about this team.  They play with such heart and drive out there and they push each to levels that they themselves don't think possible.  They are truly a team who cares for each other and will never quit no matter what the circumstances.  It seems almost impossible to name who has really stood out, all the girls are so important and do so well in their own roles, but Hannah Richey, Denisha Stallings, Rosa Bautista, Anahi Rostro, Anne Yepes, Karen Linares, and Taylor Domineck, have played outstanding in the first two rounds.   We are looking forward to our opportunity to advance against a very good team on Saturday in CAC (Central Arkansas Christian). 

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