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Whittell girls soccer routs Yerington 13-0, caps first round of league play

Anthony Gentile
Whittell defender Daria Sharon cuts inside a Yerington defender in the Warriors’ Div. III match against the Lions on Friday, Oct. 2. Sharon scored twice in Whittell’s 13-0 win.
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ZEPHYR COVE — The Whittell girls soccer team finished the first round of league play with a dominant performance at home on Friday, Oct. 2. The Warriors routed visiting Yerington 13-0, a strong result highlighted by hat tricks from Ali Copsy and Anna White.

“We were really just trying to move the ball around and work on getting better touches,” White said. “We wanted to get our new players used to how our team works and make them feel as welcome as possible.”

Whittell (6-1-1, 5-1-1 Div. III) struck twice in the first three minutes, with one of its newest players staking the hosts to an early lead. Madison Burch opened the scoring 45 seconds after kickoff and added a second two minutes later as the Warriors raced out to a 2-0 advantage.

“I was really happy for her,” White said. “She’s new to the school, and is just a super cool girl. We had no idea she was that good of a soccer player.”

By halftime, Whittell opened up an 8-0 advantage. White beat Yerington’s keeper nearside in the 14th minute, then the Warriors scored five times in a 14-minute stretch to turn the match into a blowout.

Copsy and Daria Sharon each scored twice as part of the Warriors’ offensive outburst, and Kate Krolicki added a goal as the hosts matched their season-high for goals in a game before halftime. The Warriors outshot Yerington (0-6) by a 20-0 margin in the opening 40 minutes.

In the second half, Copsy and White each completed their hat tricks while Janet Rodriguez and Gigi Stetler added a goal apiece. The 13-0 win was Whittell’s biggest of the 2015 season, and the Warriors could have had more while trying unsuccessfully to net a header in the last 20 minutes of the match.

“We were really just focusing on getting the ball in the air so we could head it,” White said, adding that the lack of a headed goal would result in extra conditioning. “We definitely have to run now.”

Whittell wrapped up the first round of league play with three wins and a tie in its last four matches following a loss to league-leading North Tahoe. The defending Div. III state champion Warriors will battle for a league and state title against the Lakers and Incline over the second half of the season, and look forward to facing both clubs for a second time.

“We could have played better in our North Tahoe and Incline matches, and if we had we might be 8-0,” White said. “When they’re on our home turf, we’re definitely going to try a lot harder — it will be nice to have them on our home field with our fans behind us.”

The Warriors return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 7, for a nonleague match at Sage Ridge. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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