The White Pine High girls soccer team picked up a 1-0 win against North Tahoe before falling to Incline during its final home matches last weekend. The Ladycats, who honored seniors Amanda Allred, Kinsey Bradshaw, Brittany Bennett and Madison Collins during its match against Incline, defeated North Tahoe
During the Ladycats’ victory against North Tahoe, White Pine looked to make a statement against the lake schools, which have dominated in recent history in high school soccer.
“I’m just so proud of the girls,” coach Rebecca Bath said. “They fought for everything the entire game. No one let up. From defense to offense, everyone played with their hearts and souls and every ounce of energy they had. It was amazing.”
For the players, the team’s win against North Tahoe was the result of teamwork and hustling the entire game.
“I think everything fell into place perfectly,” Brittany Bennett said. “Everyone played their position the best they could play.”
Although its final home match was a loss, beating North Tahoe provided the seniors one last home memory.
“I think it helped the whole team realize that we are just as good as the Lake schools,” Kinsey Bradshaw said. “It shows that we could be better than them if we wanted to and if we tried all the time we could.”
The Ladycats now turn their attention toward preparing for the postseason, using its final regular season matches as a tune up of sorts.
“We need to prepare ourselves for Divisions and State,” Bath said. “We’ve beaten Battle Mountain pretty good. We’ve beaten Pershing County pretty good and West Wendover. I’m not saying those matches are going to be easy because they’re not, but we need to use those games to work on our passing and communication so once we go to Divisions we can use it to our advantage.”
And any thought of a possible letdown after a big weekend hasn’t entered any of the players’ minds.
“We need to focus on what we need to work on,” senior Amanda Allred said. “We’re never going to give up we’re just going to push the whole game.”
But no matter what happens the rest of the way, this group of seniors have already helped the team make a piece of school history.
“I just want to say I’m really proud of our team because this is the first time the Ladycat soccer team have ever beat a lake school and we left it in our legacy,” Madison Collins said.