The White Pine High girls soccer team earned two road wins against Battle Mountain (7-0) and Pershing County (3-1) as the team nears the end of its regular season.
“I was pleased with our playing over the weekend,” coach Rebecca Bath said. “The girls did well and pulled out wins over both Battle Mountain and Pershing County. We were not as focused as we need to be and we were a bit hesitant to go to the ball. We will be spending the next few weeks working on drills to perfect the game for Divisions and State.”
White Pine is currently seeded fourth and would face the top ranked team in the first round of Divisions with one regular season match remaining. Whittell, which is 12-1 in league play on the season, is the top ranked school followed by Incline and North Tahoe.
The Ladycats face West Wendover in its regular season finale and Bath said the team is expecting a tough match. West Wendover is coming off a weekend where it dropped two matches to Battle Mountain (1-0) and Pershing County (5-1). Despite those results, Bath said White Pine can’t look past West Wendover.
“West Wendover has come a long way and they will be putting the heat on us,” Bath said. “They have some girls in the center that have a strong foot and they are always focused.”
While the Ladycats look to end its regular season on a high note, Bath said she’s expecting her players to continue to work and prepare for the postseason and not take the match for granted.
“I expect the girls to start the game focused and ready to play,” Bath said. “We need to talk, pass well and work as a team to support each other. If they do that, we will play great.”
Once Divisions starts, the top three teams advance to the State tournament. And Bath said the team will be using its final regular season match as a way to help prepare to make a run at the State tournament and fine-tuning its game.
“Over the next few weeks we are really working on the small stuff that can become game changers,” Bath said. “We have to work on finding space to be open for the pass. We also need to still work on being vocal. The team is a bit quiet and they need to be talking and communicating as we head to Divisions.”