Women's College Soccer

First game for JWCC women is historic moment

John Wood's Denise Garcia, right, battles for control of the ball with a St. Charles defender during their game Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, at Flinn Stadium. | H-W Photo/Phil Carlson
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 23, 2018 9:25 am Updated: Aug. 23, 2018 10:04 am

QUINCY -- At the end of the night, no matter what the scoreboard read, Sydney Stupavsky and her teammates made history.

That was a victory in anyone's book.

The first game played by the fledgling John Wood Community College women's soccer team took place Wednesday night at Flinn Stadium and ended with a 10-0 loss to St. Charles (Mo.) Community College

"It was very cool actually," said Stupavsky, a freshman forward who is a Quincy High School graduate. "It was nice to be part of the start of the program and play the first game."

It might have made the Trail Blazers slightly awestruck.

"A little bit," Stupavsky said. "Everybody's nervous at first."

The Cougars took advantage of that, scoring the first goal in the first five minutes and building a 7-0 lead by halftime. The Trail Blazers, who had two of their four reserves inactive because of injuries and a forward playing her first game ever, were more competitive after some halftime adjustments and nearly scored in the closing minutes.

Vivianne Lawless, another QHS product, was stonewalled on a shot from the right wing in what was the Trail Blazers' best scoring chance.

"At halftime, we touched on the things we did well and the things we needed to improve on," JWCC coach Hayley Womack said. "The girls went out there and did what I asked them to work on. If you have kids who are coachable and willing to do things, we're going to make steps forward."

It was improvement in small quantities over last week's loss in a scrimmage against Southeastern (Iowa) Community College.

"Obviously, we're still working on how everyone plays," Stupavsky said. "We're slowly learning and getting a hold of that. So it's good. We've improved a lot since the first practice."

And now they're part of history.

"It was definitely a moment," Womack said. "I told the girls to just go play, go have fun. This is the first time you get to say, looking back in 20 years, you were part of the first team to play at John Wood."

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