The White Pine High girls’ soccer team split its road matches last weekend, shutting out Yerington 8-0 before falling to Whittell 4-1. As the Ladycats enter the final two weekends of the regular season, coach Rebecca Bath said she was pleased with what she saw from her team both matches.
“The girls played great both days and we really worked on triangles and passing the ball well,” Bath said. “We were a bit off on the Yerington game a few times, but we fixed that against Whittell. During the Whittell game, the girls played so great, they just had a few simple mistakes that really hurt us in the end. I am very proud of the way they played and their focus over the weekend…Madison Collins, Mackayla Magdeleno and Lucy Fullmer did amazing this weekend. They played with heart, intensity and intelligence. It was fun to watch them play great.”
White Pine hosts North Tahoe at 2 p.m. on Friday and Incline at 11 a.m. on Saturday before finishing the regular season on the road against Pershing County and West Wendover. And as the regular season winds down, Bath said she’s looking to see White Pine continue to improve.
“As we get to the last few weeks of the matches, I really am pushing the focus and intensity of practice,” Bath said. “We need to still improve and work hard to win. I am expecting the girls to really improve over the next few weeks so that we do well at Divisions and State. We have great athletes and they do need to keep stepping up and improving.”
But this weekend’s matches will also be a bittersweet one for players and coaches, as White Pine’s seniors play their final home match of their high school careers. And while the Ladycats hope to send the seniors out with a pair of victories, for Bath, getting to see the girls grow and mature is one of the best highlights of her job.
“It is a bit bittersweet,” Bath said. “The seniors have been playing and working hard for the last four years. I am proud of the players that they have become and, as always, I am excited for their futures, wherever they go and whatever they do. It is fun to watch them grow, mature and become great individuals.”