Whittell girls soccer beats Yerington 14-0, finishes unbeaten in league play
ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. — The Whittell girls soccer team punctuated an undefeated league championship Wednesday with its most decisive victory of the season. The Warriors routed Yerington 14-0 on Senior Night to finish unbeaten in 14 league contests.
“It’s a good feeling — especially to do it on Senior Night for our seniors that have put in four years of hard work,” Warriors head coach Patrick Kelly said. “I’m happy with how the girls played.”
Whittell (16-1, 14-0 III Northern) scored nine goals in the first half of the blowout win. Yerington (3-17, 2-12) didn’t record a shot on goal in the match that was cut 10 minutes short.
For the Warriors, seniors scored 12 of the team’s 13 goals Wednesday led by a five-goal performance from forward Mikayla Warner — including four in the first half. Midfielder Sabrina Trachsel and forward Corinne Novotny each recorded hat tricks and Gisselle Benitez added a goal.
Junior Kenya Maltase was the only non-senior to score for Whittell against the Lions. The Warriors’ last goal of the match came from senior Lauren George, who moved up front after starting the match at goalkeeper.
At halftime, Whittell held a ceremony to honor the team’s five seniors — Warner, Trachsel, Novotny, Benitez and defender Michael Gardner. Each of the Warriors seniors scored in the win with the exception of Gardner, who didn’t dress for the match.
“I’m going to miss them a ton — not only their soccer skills but also their personalities and their leadership skills,” Kelly said. “I’m looking forward to watching them grow up and seeing how they turn out — all of them are wonderful people.”
Whittell concludes the regular season atop the Div. III Northern League, and earned the first seed in next week’s state tournament — which will be played on its home field. The Warriors will face fourth-seeded White Pine in the semifinals Friday at 6 p.m. — the championship game is scheduled for next Saturday at noon.
“We’re very excited — the opportunity to win the state title at home is a good one, but it’s not going to be handed to us,” Kelly said. “Everyone we’re going to face in the state tournament is playing really good soccer right now — we have to buckle down next week, have some great practices and come in looking for the win.”