Ladycat soccer to battle for top spot

By Tylar Laity

soccer1The Ladycats will host the Whittell Warriors on Thursday night, under the lights at 7 p.m., in what coach Tylar Laity says is the biggest game of the year. “This game will be our biggest challenge yet with both teams entering the game undefeated in conference play and battling for the league title,” he said. “It has the potential to have a playoff atmosphere, but we will need some help from the community to come up and cheer us on in their blue and white.” White Pine won both games last weekend beating West Wendover at home on a very cold day, 7-1. The Ladycats then went on the road on Saturday to Dayton where they were able to handle the Dust Devils with ease, 7-0. “The first half was slow but we started playing our game in the second half and everything started to click,” said Lily Fullmer. “We played well in both games and will look to continue with our momentum this week,” said backup goalie, Brenna Williams, who played keeper in both games the previous weekend while Hannah Barber starred in the WPHS play. The Ladycats look to keep possession, and let the rest take care of itself. White Pine is off to their best start in program history at 12-0-1 overall and 4-0-1 in conference. They will look to beat a soccer school record set by the boys team in 2002 of 12-0. They have done so by scoring plenty in games and keeping other teams from the back of the net, with a remarkable 63 goals for and 5 against. “This team has something special,” said Laity. “They worked hard in the off-season and its paying off now. It’s time to really test out what we’ve got though. Whittell always has a good team and soccer is life to those teams up by the lake. They aren’t known for letting teams score a whole lot and just like us, they have many threats on the field to strike at any moment. Both teams matching up Thursday night have a similar makeup, a solid upper class that makes the core of the team with a few underclassmen stepping up to make the field of 11. “They have a smaller roster with only 13, so we will look to use that to our advantage,” said senior Delaney Marich. “It’s going to be a big game,” said senior Sam Gamberg, who recorded her 25th goal of the season last weekend, setting a new school record. “But we are ready and the stage couldn’t be set any better.” After Thursday nights 7 p.m. game ,the Ladycats will host Yerington on Friday at 3 p.m. with the boys following at 5.

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