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Whittell girls soccer downs West Wendover, White Pine to open season

Anthony Gentile
Whittell midfielder Gigi Stetler fights for a loose ball against White Pine’s Lucy Fullmer in the Warriors’ 8-2 home win over the Bobcats on Saturday, Sept. 12.
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ZEPHYR COVE — The defending Div. III state champion Whittell girls soccer team opened up its 2015 season with a pair of decisive home victories. The Warriors downed West Wendover 6-0 on Friday, Sept. 11, before beating White Pine 8-2 the following afternoon.

“It’s a really good way to start the season and see where we stand,” Warriors defender Daria Sharon said. “I’m really excited to see where we go.”

Whittell (2-0, 2-0 Division III) pulled away in the second half to beat the Bobcats on Saturday, Sept. 12, for its second win in as many days. The Warriors jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first six minutes with strikes from Ali Copsy and Gigi Stetler, and Copsy kneed in a cross from Stetler just before the break to make it 3-1.

“We possessed pretty well, we just needed to push more and pressure them,” Sharon said.

White Pine (4-3, 1-1) struck first in the second half, making it a one-goal contest when Caitlin Cooley scored in the 47th minute. Eight minutes later, Whittell answered with a pair of goals in a short span to take control of the match.

“Once they scored on us, we realized that we couldn’t settle back,” Sharon said. “We had to keep pushing it.”

Samantha Forvilly put the Warriors ahead by two goals in the 55th minute, and two minutes later Anna White pounced on a rebound to make it 5-2. Those scores were the first of five unanswered for Whittell in the second half. Stetler added a second in the 64th minute. Madison Idso found the back of the net in the 75th minute, and two minutes after that Copsy punctuated the victory with her second.

“It’s always a fast, aggressive game against them and it’s a challenge,” Sharon said. “But I think we stepped up to the plate.”

On Friday night, the Warriors opened the season with a 6-0 win over West Wendover. Copsy, Stetler, White and Idso all scored as Whittell rolled in its 2015 debut.

“We started off slow and we were a bit unsettled, but once we got used to it and played the way that we play it got a lot better,” Sharon said.

Whittell returns to action at home Friday, Sept. 18, when it faces Battle Mountain at 3 p.m. The Warriors host Pershing County the following morning at 10 a.m.

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