Strong defense

Ladycats take down West Wendover 2-1

Garrett Estrada photo Lucy Fullmer runs past the West Wendover goalie to score her first of two goals in the Saturday’s win.

Garrett Estrada photo
Lucy Fullmer runs past the West Wendover goalie to score her first of two goals in the Saturday’s win.

While the game was in progress, White Pine High School girls soccer coach Tylar Laity knew that he needed his team to get a win in order to stay alive in the playoff race. With the game more than half over tied at 1-1, he wasn’t sure it was going to happen against a good defensive West Wendover team.

Then in the 70th minute of play, one of Laity’s most reliable seniors, Lucy Fullmer, made a play. Fullmer scored the tiebreaking and ultimately final goal of the game on a penalty kick. For the coach, it was the kind of thing he expects his leaders to do when the game and potentially the season is on the line.

“She is clutch,” Laity said. “That’s what you want to see out of a senior in that kind of situation where we needed something to break the tie.”

Both of the Ladycat’s goals came off of Fullmer’s foot. The other came in the first half, where Fullmer took a pass from her sister, Lily Fullmer, and beat the Wolverine defender off the corner of the field to go one-on-one with the Wendover goalkeeper.

Despite Fullmer’s two goals, Laity said he’s still expecting more out of his offense, which he claims is going to “explode.” But while he’s still waiting for the goals to rack up, his offense has improved in another key area, possessing the ball.

“It helps our defense a lot that we are controlling the ball a lot more on offense than we were at the beginning of the season. That is something that we have worked on a lot in practice, and it will lead to us scoring more in the games to come,” Laity said.

Not that the Ladycats have had to worry much about needing to score lately. Their defense, led by Alicia Pascascio, Delaney Marich and Mackaya Magdaleno, only allowed two shots on goal, one from a free kick and the other from a penalty kick.

“Alicia, Delaney and Mackaya do a great job of being leaders from the back of the field. They communicate effectively which helps the offense as well,” the coach said.

Had it not been for “one small error,” as the coach put it, that led to the Wolverines only goal off of a penalty kick, the Wolverines would have not even had a good opportunity to score at all. The team’s stout defensive performance has coach feeling good about the Ladycat’s chances going forward.

“Our defense really impressed me this week. We’ve now had three really good defensive games in a row where we’ve allowed only one goal or less to opponents. That’s a great help to the team as we are still trying to get the offense to gel together,” Laity said.

The Ladycats (7-5) host their final two home games of the regular season at the high school field this weekend, taking on last-ranked Yerington (0-5) on Friday at 1 p.m. and third-place Whittell (5-1) on Saturday at 11 a.m. The boys soccer team will play Yerington at 3 p.m. Friday and Whittell at 1 p..m. on Saturday.

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