After completing the first unbeaten and untied season in the recent history, perhaps ever, for White Pine girls soccer, coach Juan Carlos Cervantes and his team are ready for the 3A/2A Northern Regional tournament Nov. 2-4 at Lowry High in Winnemucca.
An incredible season for the Ladycats, 21-0 and 14-0 in league play. Last year was good, too, but they did have three ties before losing their first game in the first round of the playoffs. What will happen this year is anybody’s guess.
Lily Fullmer, likely to be the MVP of the Northern league this year, had three goals in the 9-0 season ending game with winless Yerington in Ely last week.
Now the Ladycats face Spring Creek in the regional tournament. White Pine and Spring Creek played last year also in the first round and Spring Creek won 2-1 in overtime.
But that was a different team for White Pine and a different coach. This year under first-year coach Juan Carlos Cervantes he said, “We have changed a number of things. We’ll be making a couple of tactical adjustments. These are great kids and have picked up quickly on some of the concepts I have brought to the team, and I credit our defensive line first and foremost as they built on that.” Another factor for the team’s success is because of their defense Cervantes notes, having only allowed 15 goals while scoring 125.
The eight-team playoffs involving both 3A and 2A teams in the Northern Division, are at Lowry High and pair defending state champion Truckee with Dayton, North Tahoe and Incline, White Pine and Spring Creek, South Tahoe and Whittell.
The semifinals will be Friday and the championship on Saturday. The top two advance to the state tournament at Spanish Springs High in Sparks Nov. 10-11.
The Southern division regional at Cimarron-Memorial in Las Vegas, which started on Wednesday, first paired Pahrump Valley against Virgin Valley, Southeast Career Tech against Western, Moapa and Cheyenne, Sunrise Mountain and Somerset Sky Pointe.