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Warriors upset Spring Creek on Laurian’s ‘Golden Goal’

Senior Jackie Laurian followed up Jenna Hayes’ free kick with the winning goal as Whittell High’s girls’ soccer team upset No. 1 seeded Spring Creek in the quarterfinals of the Northern Nevada 3A Regionals on Thursday in Winnemucca.

“It’s an amazing feeling and it’s senior year, too,” said Laurian, who also scored the game’s first goal just before halftime.

After the goalie was unable to gather Hayes’ free kick, the ball popped free, enabling Laurian to redirect it into the net. The so-called “Golden Goal” came 22 minutes into overtime.

Although it was a huge goal, Laurian said she scored one even bigger as a sophomore.

“I kicked in the winning goal when we won state as a sophomore. That was probably my biggest one, but this one was awesome, too,” said Laurian, whose winning goal helped the Warriors avenge a 1-0 postseason loss to the Spartans last year.

Spring Creek entered regionals with only two division losses and defeated the Warriors 3-1 Sept. 14 in Zephyr Cove. On Thursday, the Spartans struggled to get off shots against the Warriors.

“We thoroughly outplayed them and their one shot goal went in,” said WHS coach Mike Leeper.

Goalkeeper Elise Thomas’ punt and a header by Ariana Rodriguez set up Laurian’s breakaway goal just before halftime.

The tying goal came with five minutes remaining, but the Warriors remained determined.

As a reward, they’ll get another crack at North Tahoe, a team the Warriors played to a 0-0 tie in their last meeting.

“The whole team had an awesome game and nobody let up,” Laurian said. “We had a sensational game. It’s only going to get better.”

The Whittell-North Tahoe match is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at Lowry High School. The winner will play either Truckee or Lowry, which upset Incline, in the championship on Saturday at noon. The two finalists will advance to the state tournament.

The Whittell High boys were ousted by Yerington 4-2 on Thursday. No other details were available at press time.

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