With just two games left in the regular season, the White Pine High girls soccer team is poised to have another unbeaten record. They were unbeaten last year also, but had three ties, before losing to Spring Creek in the first round of the playoffs.
Not so this year, no losses, no ties, 19-0, 12-0.
Coach Juan Carlos Cervantes said last week’s game on Saturday with Fernley was “a good wake up call. We had an easy 7-0 win over Dayton on Friday.” Lily Fullmer had three goals. Shawn Peterson and Hannah Barber had two apiece.
However, when Fernley came in, Cervantes said, “They came to play, they were out to get them, and our girls were a bit surprised. They opened up very aggressive and scored on us quickly within the first five minutes. I give the Fernley girls credit, they were pumped up. Our girls were stunned, and it took them awhile to get back on track.” But they did, and went on to eventually dominate the game, manage a 2-1 halftime lead and add another goal in the second half to take a 3-1 win.“Fernley had a simple tactic,” he said. “They put 6-7 people right in front of the goal, a solid wall, put a double team on Lily, like a bad rash, to take her out of the game, and defended well against Peterson, too.”But Barber, who was converted from goalie to winger because of her speed, was able to get five shots on goal and scored once. Shawn Peterson and Zoe Beckley had the other goals.“Still it was good for the team, a slap in the face,” Cervantes said, “to let them know that in the playoffs, things are going to be a lot tougher than some of the league games.”This weekend will be another tough test against second-place Whittell (9-1-2, 9-2-2). The Warriors only loss in league play was to White Pine, 6-2, at Whittell last month.
Cervantes said that was White Pine’s first ever win against Whittell in 13 matches since 2012, so he expects a good fight.
On Saturday, the girls play winless Yerington (0-13, 0-12) to finish the regular season.The NIAA 2A/3A Northern playoffs will be Nov. 2-4 at Lowry High in Winnemucca.
In boys soccer, the Bobcats (5-7, 4-6 2A Northern league), are in second-to- last place and possibly will not make the playoffs this year. They have two games this week, hosting last-place Whittell (0-9-1) on Friday and second place Yerington (6-5, 6-4) on Saturday. The boys lost at Yerington 7-1 in their first meeting in September, and won at Whittell 4-1.