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Former Branson standout McFarlane scores in
North Bay Wave's 3-1 win over Storm

Marin IJ - by Jamie Wells - June 22, 2013 - Read Original Article

With a late goal from the Sacramento Storm, the members of the North Bay Wave women's soccer team entered halftime at Novato High on Saturday frustrated and windswept.

They used the break to refocus and immediately showed the Storm a different side when the second half began, winning the game 3-1 on goals from Mor Efraim, former Branson School standout Darcy McFarlane and Emily Mosbacher.

"I think the first half we started off a little slow," McFarlane said. "We were a little disorganized. I think after halftime we came out (after) we got scored on so we were really pumped up to get the goal back, and then we knew once we got one in it would be a lot easier." Efraim scored on an assist from Jocelyn Leche in the 54th minute to tie the game. Two minutes later, McFarlane put the Wave (3-1-1 Women's Premier Soccer League) ahead for good, as Mosbacher's insurance goal came with 12 minutes left to play.

"We just kept pressing and pressing and then it worked out," said McFarlane, who was playing in her last game of the season before she departs for the University of North Carolina. "We did a really good job of finding people at the end of our crosses."

"They just came out hard and ready for it, and then they beat us on the outsides," said Storm coach Jamie Howard. "The main thing is we came out flat."

It was a slow start for both teams, but the Storm weren't able to regroup the same way as the Wave.

"It was a little rough, because we didn't feel like we were pressuring them a lot," said Nina Watkins, whom head coach Luis Quezada credited as one of the game's MVPs.

"Going into the second half, we had a little more fire to us," she added. "We really wanted to win and I think we just played more as a team and knew what we had to do: keep the ball on the ground because of the wind. ... All of the goals combined were using different players so it wasn't just one person sticking out."

"(Watkins) made a huge difference for us," Quezada said. "She put beautiful balls on top of the defense that just dropped perfectly for a player."

It was Watkins' first and only game this season for the Wave, her first game since having surgery to repair a torn labrum six months ago and the game that secured her status as the only player to play for the team in each of the four seasons the Wave has been in existence.

"This was a very special game for us," Quezada said.

It was also a chance for the team to get back in the win column, after losing 4-0 to the Storm Elk Grove on June 8 and settling for a 1-1 tie against the Central California Heat on June 15.

"This win today will definitely set the tone for the rest of the season," McFarlane said.

The team's short season is already at its halfway mark. The Wave hosts the Heat at Redwood High on June 30, West Coast Wildkatz at Tam on July 5 and the Storm Elk Grove at Drake on July 14. The team travels to San Francisco to face the San Francisco Nighthawks on Friday, and will head east for a rematch with the Storm on July 7.

"It's halfway through the season, and hopefully things will turn around. We're not used to losing. We have one loss and that's a lot for us," Quezada said.

For more information about the North Bay FC Wave contact team president Birgit Byers at (415) 302-6779, or e-mail

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