When the White Pine High School Ladycat soccer team stepped onto the field against West Wendover on Oct. 4., they knew they were going to have bring the intensity. With the Wolverines celebrating their homecoming, White Pine coach Tyler Laity said that he knew West Wendover would play with a lot of emotion and that his team would need to match it in order to get a tough road win.
His team did not let him down.
“Going into a homecoming game like that, there is a lot of adrenaline for the home team. So we knew what we had to do and we went a played at a high tempo and I am happy with the results,” Laity said.
The Ladycats defeated the Wolverines 6-0 on the road, playing what Laity called a “balanced” game on both offense and defense. Offensively, Sam Gamberg and Tainui Brewster had a big day, both scoring three goals a piece for a pair of hat tricks. While the team has come to expect such production out of the difficult to stop Brewster, Laity said that he has been equally impressed with Gamberg’s development this year, going from having scored no goals last year to being the team’s second-leading scorer this season.
“It’s been great to watch Gamberg keep getting better. She is really becoming one of those players that we can rely on to score,” the coach said.
The shutout also marked the impressive debut of two freshman starting on defense in place of the injured Jane Murdock and sick Delaney Marich. Laity knew that the two had big shoes to fill going into the game but Tanna Deeds and Cammi Poulsen played like they had been starting all year.
“That was a big time start in a game in back defensively for them,” Laity said. “It was a pretty big deal to both of them but they stepped up and they older girls helped them fit right in on defense thanks to their leadership on the field.”
Things don’t get any easier for the Ladycats going into Thursday afternoon’s game against the undefeated Whittell Warriors for homecoming. Laity said that he knows his team is the underdog going into the match, but that he believes they are capable of handing the Warriors their first league loss of the season.
“This is a big moment for us to prove something to our conference,” Laity said of the game.
The coach admitted that it has been more difficult to get full practices in with his team amid the homecoming events after school. But with Murdock returning to the line-up on defense, Laity said the goal during the week leading into the game is to just remain focused on the game of soccer so that the team can achieve its preseason goals of making it to the state championship.
“Outside of the state championship game, this is our biggest game of the season, So we would love to see everyone come and support our team on Thursday,” Laity said.
The Ladycats will face off against the Warriors at 4 p.m. Thursday at the high school field. The Ladycats will then hit the road again to take on Yerington Friday at 4 p.m.