Sometimes all it takes is a road trip. The White Pine High School girls soccer team won both of their road games over the weekend, defeating Pershing County 5-3 on Friday and Battle Mountain 5-0 on Saturday to even their league record to 3-3 and improve to 8-4 overall on the season.
“It was important for us as a team to get back on track and get to .500 in league play,” Coach Tyler Laity said, referencing the Ladycat’s two close home losses from the week before.
The two games still did pose a challenge, albeit it wasn’t always due to the opposing teams.
“Friday’s game was super windy,” Laity said. “It made simple things like passing the ball at times very difficult.”
Laity called the Pershing County game “ugly,” saying there was a lot of contact between the players on the field but ultimately he was pleased that the team “survived to get the W.” Tainui Brewster led the team with a hat trick, scoring three goals against the Wolverines. Samantha Gamberg and Lucy Fullmer added to the total, scoring a goal apiece in the 5-3 win.
Though a quick glance at the score in Saturday’s 5-0 win against Battle Mountain would indicate a dominant performance by the Ladycats, Laity said he was disappointed in his team’s ability to get the ball to one another cleanly across the field.
“Our quality of play wasn’t that great. We had some issues passing in the first half and things only got worse in the second half and as a result, we only ended up scoring one goal in that second half,” the coach said.
Even with the disappointing play in the second half, Laity said Alicia Pascascio impressed him on defense in both games. Filling in for an injured senior on defense, Laity said Pascascio “really stepped up to the plate” and played better than he would expect for a player only in her second year.
The boys team only traveled to Battle Mountain, losing 7-2 in Saturday’s early afternoon game.
Both teams will head out on the road again this weekend, traveling to West Wendover on Saturday. The boys still will play first at 10 a.m. followed by the girls at noon.