By Coach Tylar Laity
In front of a very large crowd last Thursday night the White PIne girls soccer team battled Whittell for the top spot in the league at the halfway point of the season.
The Warriors have had their way with White Pine over the past four years, during nine matches Whittell had outscored the Ladycats 48-4. After the first half mostly controlled by the Warriors and a score of 2-0 they looked to be on their way to another victory.
The Ladycats (13-0-2, 5-2) rallied in the second half, however, to finish with a 2-2 tie.
“We just weren’t playing our game” said coach Laity, “they were controlling the game with possession and shots, we were on our heels and just kicking the ball around, after a talk at half the girls knew what they had to do to change the game in the second half”.
After halftime the Ladycats found new life, with the loudest and biggest crowd at any game this year the girls seemed to be fueled by the support. “At half, Laity pulled the defense to the side and told us to make sure they don’t score again, he said hold them to 2 and offense will do their part.”- Alicia Pascascio.
The defense did just that and the offensive team the WP fans are used to came out to play in the last 40 minutes. “We started to find the open space and made better passes, it helped us to get shots off and then things started to click.”said Sage Dutson.
Midway through the second half the Ladycats were awarded a free kick with a foul called just outside of the box and Sam Gamberg pounded the ball into the back of the net. Laity said “that is the most confident I have seen Sam on a free kick, big time players make big time plays in games like these and she did just that.”
Gamberg was awarded Max Preps player of the week in the state of Nevada last week and is leading the state in goals with 28.
White Pine was awarded a corner kick, and with a beautiful ball from Gamberg that sailed across the 6 yard line Shawn Petersen came flying through to finish.