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Waite’s hat trick sets tone

The Whittell soccer team won its first two league games against White Pine and West Wendover this past weekend.

The Whittell soccer team won its first two league games against White Pine and West Wendover this past weekend.

White Pine and West Wendover would not be easy wins, but everything was clicking for the Whittell boys soccer team this past weekend.

The Warriors played smart with sharp possessions to win their first two league games 3-1 against West Wendover and 9-0 against White Pine. The wins improve the boys to 8-0 overall and 2-0 in league.

The three-day trip started with a chippy game against West Wendover on Friday.

“It was a very physical game, but we played with a lot of heart and no one got hurt,” head coach Timothy Plummer said.

Mark Waite scored all three goals for Whittell.

“Mark basically outhustled and out-physically played their defense to take over the game,” Plummer said.

Bryce Bronken came through with the assists.

“Bryce was incredibly unselfish,” Plummer said.

Goalkeeper Aubrey Felton was injured halfway through the game, but toughed it out to record the near shutout. West Wendover’s only goal came off a penalty kick in the second half.

The Warriors faced a well-skilled White Pine team in the second game, but by Saturday they were clicking even more.

“We controlled that game for 80 minutes,” Plummer said. “We played well as a team and had some great shots.”

RJ Rupp led the team with three goals. Waite contributed two, Bronken two, Charlie Jurzenski one and Spencer Buchholz one. Bronken, Wait and Palmer Chaplin also contributed two assists apiece, along with assists from Buchholz and Jurzenski.

Every players saw time in the White Pine game.