Six players from White Pine High School girl’s soccer team were recognized as part of the league’s all-conference first team, second team and honorable mentions at the end of the regular season.
All four of the Ladycat seniors on the team were included as part of the post season honors. Senior Jane Murdock led the list, earning a spot on the all-conference first team based on her strong defensive play throughout the season, with Tainui Brewster, McKenna Windous on second team and Hazel Quinones making it onto the honorable mention list. Sophomore Sam Gamberg and freshman Lucy Fullmer also made it onto the all-conference second team. To the Ladycat’s coach Tyler Laity, the inclusion of so many of his players showed the talent that he has across the board.
“It’s a pretty big deal,” Laity said. “All of my seniors made it. It will be tough to lose them after this season. It is hard to replace that many leaders.”
That leadership came in handy for the Ladycat’s final home game of the season, beating West Wendover 4-1 in a game that proved to be more of a challenge than expected. The Oct. 30 game served as senior day for the four outgoing players, and the original plan by the coach was to give each senior an opportunity to score a goal, including defensive players such as Murdock and Windous.
The plan quickly changed however when the Wolverines surprised the Ladycats with an early goal to take the lead.
“[Wendover] came out and really took both me and the girls by surprise with that goal,” Laity said. “I was impressed with the Wolverines because they had obviously improved from the last time we played them.”
Though White Pine had defeated Wendover 6-0 in their last match on Oct. 4, Laity said that the early deficit gave his team a wake-up call, and seniors Brewster and Quinones stepped up their game, scoring two goals a piece.
“I think it was nerves and a lot of emotion for the girls playing their last home game. Once we got a goal or two, we started to shine and really started to play the way we should,” Laity said.
White Pine won’t have the luxury of getting off to a slow start against their next opponent, Whittell. After going undefeated through conference play, the first ranked Whittell Warriors have given the Ladycats problems on offense and defense through two prior meetings this season. The game, which will take place at Whittell on Nov. 7 as a semifinal for the state championship, has led to an increased foucs among the Ladycats according to Laity. It has also led to increased cooperation with White Pine’s male counterpart team.
“We have been scrimmaging against the boys in preparation for the Whittell game. We are going to be trying some new schemes so getting these scrimmages in is really helpful to get everyone on the same page,” Laity said.
The winner of the game will take on either Incline or North Tahoe for the state championship later that day.