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Soccer Lady Jays Win Sectional; Advance to Class 3 Quarterfinals

Washington girls soccer made some history while turning in a dominating performance in its MSHSAA Class 3 home sectional game against Glendale on Tuesday, May 23.

The Lady Jays became the first team in the history of the girls soccer program to win a playoff game, cruising to a 3-0 victory.

Washington (21-4) advances to the Class 3 quarterfinals, where it will host Bolivar (18-1) Saturday, May 27, at 1 p.m. at Washington High School.

Bolivar won its sectional contest over Neosho, 5-0.

“We’re excited for the kids and the school. It’s a good thing for the community. The kids have kept themselves focused. We’re fortunate that we’re able to host both the sectional and the quarterfinal games. That’s just the way it worked out,” said Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer. “The No. 1 thing we tell them before we go on the field is that we’re a big family and we have to have fun. These games are not won if you’re not having fun. You can’t play tight. You just have to have fun.”

Saturday’s quarterfinal winner advances to the MSHSAA Class 3 Soccer Championships in Kansas City Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3.

“In my four years here, I never thought we’d be this far. It’s amazing. Now that we’re here, we want to keep winning,” said Washington senior forward Cassidy Nurnberger. “Saturday is going to be amazing, especially since we’ll be on our home field. Hopefully we can get the Sixth Man (student pep club) out here. It’s going to be fun.”

The Lady Jays took a 1-0 lead over Glendale when Cassidy Nurnberger scored in the 29th minute.

“I moved the ball down the sideline and crossed it to one of my teammates. Sarah Becszlko hit the post with a shot. I got to the ball and did everything I could to get it in the back of the net,” Nurnberger said.

Washington made the score 2-0 in the 35th minute when Jena Monehan made a crossing pass to Cierstyn Jacquin, who knocked the ball into the net for a goal.

Washington held a 2-0 halftime advantage.

The Lady Jays made it 3-0 with a goal 17 minutes into the second half, in the 57th minute overall, on a goal by Monehan.

Katie Baer registered the shutout in goal for Washington.

“As a team, we played extremely strong. We’ve been mentally preparing for this game and it’s exciting to win. We had possession probably 90 percent of the time. We’ve been communicating together a lot more,” Nurnberger said.

“We did a great job challenging them. I think we wore out their defenders pretty early,” Fischer said. “We put a lot of shots on net and made their keeper save most of them. When you do that, you’re going to score goals. I’m going to say we had over 20 shots on goal. With the defense we have, if we can get that number of shots on goal, we’re probably going to score three or four goals and it’s pretty tough to score on us.”

The many weapons on the field has made it difficult to defend the Lady Jays.

Since the beginning of the season, I never wanted to be the only one to score,” Nurnberger said. “I’m not selfish. I don’t care who scores. I just want the ball in the net.”

“Cassidy is taking her chances when they come, but with Jena (Monehan), Caitlyn (Vodnansky), Sarah (Becszlko), the Nye girls (Paige and Parker) and Cierstyn (Jacquin), we have so many kids stepping up who are dangerous weapons,” Fischer said. “We have Megan (Yenzer) on set plays, who is deadly. We have (Taylor) Bauer on corner kicks. We have a lot of kids stepping up who are playing great soccer around one of the better kids in Cassidy, who has really been unselfish.”

Photos from Washington’s sectional soccer game against Glendale are below.

Click on the attached link below for a bracket of the MSHSAA Class 3 girls soccer playoffs.

Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington Published:5/25/17
Audience: Homepage and Blue Jay Athletics