They knew it was going to be tough. The White Pine High School girl’s soccer team fought hard against Whittell High School on Nov. 7, but were eventually unable to stop the offensive weapons of the Warriors after a strong defensive start in their 5-0 loss.

“We held Whittell scoreless for the first 20 minutes of the game. I’m not sure anybody in our conference has been able to do that to them all season,” Ladycats coach Tyler Laity said.

But the Warriors eventually found their rhythm, scoring three times before halftime. Laity admitted that despite how his defense was playing, coming back from a three goal deficit against the most aggressive team in their league would not be easy.  The coach decided to take a risk and switch to a more aggressive formation after the half to try and give new life to the offense.

“We definitely had our chances,” Laity said of the team’s second half performance. “We had several shots on goal, but we just couldn’t get them to go in.”

Laity said that he had no qualms with how his team played in the loss, which was actually the fewest goals White Pine had allowed to the Warriors in their three games this season. Whittell went on to beat Incline in the state championship game 3-1.

The coach gave a special mention to the hard work and leadership of the team’s four seniors, giving them credit for setting the attitude and tempo of the Ladycat’s successful season.

“I really think they paved the way for the younger girls and did a great job pushing the team,” Laity said.