Ladycats clinch playoffs

Two straight road wins secure Ladycats postseason spot

Robert Switzer photo Samantha Gamberg kicks a free ball against West Wendover. The Ladycats will face Wendover again Friday at 11 a.m.

Robert Switzer photo
Samantha Gamberg kicks a free ball against West Wendover. The Ladycats will face Wendover again Friday at 11 a.m.

“You don’t want to take the foot off the pedal now,” White Pine High School girls soccer coach Tylar Laity said.

It’s true, his team went on the road and beat Pershing County 3-0 Friday and Battle Mountain 7-0 on Saturday to secure the team’s spot as the number four seed headed into the Division III Southern playoffs. But before they can think about the postseason, Laity wants to generate some momentum.

“We want to make sure that we go out on top. Our goal is to end these three games on a shutout streak,” the coach said.

In order to do that, the Ladycats will have to  continue to play the stifling defense that has kept them in the playoff hunt all season. But just as importantly, Laity said he wants to see more the offensive explosiveness that helped six different players score a gaol against Battle Mountain.

“The team finally exploded the way I kept saying they were going to each week. It was really cool to see that,” Laity said.

As winning by a margin of 10-0 in a matter of two games tens to do to a coach, laity said that he is feeling good about where his team is at on the attack now.

“We have four or more threats on offense that can put the ball in at any time.”

Junior Alicia Pascascio said that her team is not taking this weekend’s game lightly despite it not having a consequence on the playoffs.

“This weekend doesn’t matter to the standings but it matters to us as a team. We view this as a game we need to win to make it into the playoffs because that is the kind of intensity we need to play with in the playoffs,” she said.

The Ladycats will play the defending state champions Whitell no matter the result of Friday’s game. Whittell is the same team that knocked the Ladycats out of the state tournament last year. This time around, Laity said that his team is better prepared to handle to elite squad.

“It came out Whittell which is a tough match up. They are the defending champs and they have a lot of upperclassmen but I feel like we can hang with them,” the coach said.

The Ladycats will face West Wendover on Friday at 11 a.m. and take on Whittell on Nov. 6 at Incline.

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