By Coach Tylar Laity
Road games are never easy but the Ladycats proved to be the better team while on the road this past weekend.
White Pine did not win with the usual big scores however, beating Battle Mountain 3-0 Friday and third place team Pershing 3-1 on Saturday. Team captain Delaney Marich said
“This week we didn’t have a great week of practice, we just didn’t seem as motivated or focused and it carried into our weekend.”
The Ladycats struggled to finish near the goal on Friday against the Longhorns although they did control the ball for most of the game and held the other team scoreless. “With over 35 shots the girls looked frustrated and upset after the game that they had not finished more and had good reason, they are better than that score shows. Good teams can win on the road, but great teams win as convincingly on the road as they do at home. With a month full of road games leading into divisions we need to figure out how to play better getting off the bus” said Laity.
On a brisk Saturday morning the girls would play the current third place Pershing Mustangs (5-2-0 in league and 9-5-0 overall) on a much smaller field than they are used to. “Their field is really small both in length and width, and its rough with lots of holes and bumps but we got used to it throughout the game” said freshman Zoe Beckley.
The Cats didn’t let the small field startle them though, they got off to a hot start with a goal in the 10th minute by Lily Fullmer assisted by Shawn Petersen and then again in the 13th minute by Maren Barney assisted by Fullmer (who now has a state leading 22 assists this season).
The rest of the half was played with plenty of hard challenges and shots by both teams but neither could put the ball in the back of the net. In the second half the Ladycats looked to possess the ball more and work the short width of the field with crosses but could not quiet finish all their chances near the net. In the 56th minute Lily sent a through ball up the middle and Sam Gamberg was able to finish a one on one with the keeper in the back corner of the net.
White Pine would substitute a lot of players in the next 20 minutes and with just 4 minutes left a younger backfield had a small miscue that let Mustangs centerpiece Renfroe score.
The undefeated Ladycats (15-0-2 overall and 7-0-2 in league) will look to carry their success into next weekends lone game at West Wendover on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the boys following them at noon.