By Coach Tylar Laity

Special to the Times

The Ladycats headed to Fernley this past weekend for their first conference games of the 2016 season. This new 3A opponent has a bigger student body and benefits from having  both JV and varsity soccer programs.

The Ladycats were up first against the Vaqueros and got off to a slower start then their previous eight games.

“I think we came in a little too confident and expected this team to allow us score quickly and often like our previous eight games” said team captain, Lily Fullmer.

The Ladycats had outscored opponents 36 to 2 in the pre-season and never had a game with less than one goal or having a goal differential of less than three. The Ladycats scored in the 15th minute of the first half with a quick clear from sophomore defensive mid Trace Deeds and a nice finish from senior forward Sam Gamberg.

After scoring, the Ladycats struggled to possess the ball and were on their heels for a large part of the first half.

“At half we talked about a few things, including possession and getting more aggressive and to not make excuses be the problem, but we didn’t execute in the second half,” said coach Tylar Laity. “The girls looked passive and we never could quite get a good run of possession going.”

The second half was dominated by Fernley, with a lot of shots and plenty of saves by junior goalkeeper Hannah Barber. With only two and half minutes left, the Vaqueros scored to tie up the game.

“It is frustrating, we were just 150 seconds away from three points and our first conference win, but instead we ended in a tie,” said Barber.

“We will look to rebound quickly this weekend with a couple of home games against teams we have already played twice each in the pre-season,” said junior Shawn Petersen.

This week the Cats will face Battle Mountain on Friday (2 p.m.) and the Ladycats will lace up for a match with Pershing on Saturday(11 a.m.). Games will be played at Bobcat Stadium.