WHS girls overwhelmed by North Tahoe
North Tahoe’s girls remembered to pack their offense for Thursday’s trip around the lake to Whittell, dropping six goals on their hosts.
Sophomore Tracie Prado led the way for the Laker ladies with a hat trick as North Tahoe took a 6-0 win at Whittell. The Warriors, though, stayed with their visitors for a half, trailing 2-0 before North Tahoe added four goals in the second half.
“We’re still not at 100 percent full-strength yet, but we had a lot of quality stuff in the game,” said Whittell head coach Mike Leeper, whose Warriors fell to 3-3 with the loss. “As soon as we get our full squad, we’ll be fine.”
Senior Corky Novotny leads the list of Warriors who weren’t available for Thursday’s cross-lake showdown, but the game provided an opportunity for Leeper to look at some younger players. Freshman Heather O’Brien, who emerged as a solid defender on Whittell’s trip to the Pahrump tournament last weekend, played a solid game on the back line, and Jackie Laurian impressed her coach in her first game with the Warriors.
“The score didn’t dictate the game,” Leeper said. “It’s good to have a game to get the freshmen a lot of playing time.”
Leeper also said he was encouraged by the game, and anticipating good things to come from his team when he can mix the freshmen players with the squad’s veterans. When the absent players return from work or vacation to join Whittell’s core of veterans – like defensive player of the year Courtney Benvenuto and goalie Renee Cascino – Leeper anticipates having a team that can hang with North Tahoe.
The Warriors return to practice this week, and Leeper will emphasize the importance of fighting for loose balls, and getting a head or foot on balls in front of the opponent’s goal.
“We’ll be right there with them in a few weeks when we get back,” he said.
Whittell’s girls wrap up their preseason with a trip to the Truckee Invitational Sept. 10-11.
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