Team faces tough home games this weekend

Ladycats coach Tyler Laity watches McKenna Windous battle for a ball during a practice Tuesday.

Ladycats coach Tyler Laity watches McKenna Windous battle for a ball during a practice Tuesday.

The White Pine High School girls soccer team kicked off its conference season with an offensive blowout on Sept. 12, beating Yerington 8-0. Though he knows the game won’t be the toughest his team faces during the Ladycats’ conference schedule, coach Tyler Laity said the game was a “great way to start out the season.”

The Ladycats continued their two-game road trip during the weekend to face a much tougher Whittell team on Sept. 13, which resulted in a 7-0 loss. Laity said it was good for the team to open their season against one of the perennial top teams in the league because it helped to show his players where their weaknesses are.

“Whittell is known as one of the toughest teams and I felt like our girls went in thinking they were going to lose. We talked about it a lot in practice about having confidence, but I think they realize now that we need to play to our potential in every game,” Laity said.

Senior defensive player McKenna Windous didn’t lack any confidence, making the rare switch from defense to offense in the Yerington game. The starting defensive star impressed the coach with her play during the weekend, which included scoring a goal.

Windous said the score helped complete a personal challenge she had set for herself.

“I had scored at least one goal every year I’ve played since freshman year. Even though I like being on defense more, it felt really good to get that senior year goal,” Windous said.

Laity is going to need seniors like Windous to help work with his younger players to get them ready for the team’s upcoming home game on Sept. 19 against North Tahoe.

Windous said she is up for the challenge.

“In the game against Whittell I’ve been trying to show some of the younger girls on the team how to go out and pressure the other team and let them know that I have their back on defense,” the senior said.

Laity said hopes to see a large home crowd turnout for Friday’s 5 p.m. game and again on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Incline.

“We hope we can get a bunch of support out there. These are the two toughest home games of the year so we are hoping to see a lot of people out there helping us out as much as they can,” he said.