Two Warriors receive first team honor
The Whittell Warriors didn’t miss the Northern 3A Lake Division honors election this year, and it resulted in two players earning first-team recognition.
Senior Jackie Laurian made first-team forward and junior goaltender Elise Thomas made first-team keeper.
Laurian tied the Warrior record for most goals per season with 36, leading her team to the third place in division at 7-5 and to the zone semifinals.
“She’s a tremendous leader and a great student. She was great to be around. She has a bright future,” said Warrior head coach Mike Leeper.
Leeper said that when Laurian missed a game against Manogue because of SAT, the Warriors tied 2-2. When they played the Miners the next time with Laurian, they won 6-1, and Laurian scored four goals.
“It’s something I’ve really been working toward my whole soccer career and I’m really excited that I got it,” Laurian said of the first-team league recognition.
Laurian was also team MVP the past two years, and was a recent semifinalist in the Silver State 100, a program that recognizes the top 100 seniors in Nevada for their academic and extracurricular excellence.
Thomas earned first-team recognition for the second year in a row. She was also accorded first-team, all-state last year.
“I definitely learned a lot more working with a new defense. We had to rebuild after losing all the seniors my freshman year,” Thomas said of the 2002 Warriors, who she said have been rebuilding since 2000. “We were a little shaky. But we worked together and really became a team in the end.”
Leeper said Thomas has been the Warriors’ defensive highlight, often keeping the team in the game against league dominators like North Tahoe.
Thomas said she played one of her best games this year against the Lakers with 25 saves in the first half alone in their 0-0 tie this year. It’s the first time Thomas has ever tied the Lakers.
“She’s by far our most valuable defensive player,” Leeper said. “The more intense the game is, the better she is. She’s a big-game player … She and Jackie are the heartbeat of the team.”
Warriors to receive honorable mention were junior Jenna Hayes and senior Heather O’Brien, who earned the honor even after tearing her ACL and missing all of the league games this year.
In other news, Truckee’s Kelsey Fisher and North Tahoe’s Addie Boyd received co-MVPs for the 3A Lake Division.
Kyle Adams of Truckee received coach of the year.
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