Time flies, and so does the Pershing soccer team, now nearing the end of its regular season. On Friday, Oct. 25, they traveled to Battle Mountain and beat the Longhorns 3-0.

The Mustangs now stand at 4-15-1, overall, and 2-10-1 in 3A Northern League B.

The Longhorns only made it to Pershing’s side of the field for about five minutes, a testament to Pershing’s offense. At halftime, the score was tied at zero.

In the second half, Pershing’s senior co-captains slammed in three goals for Pershing. Ana Paredes, a forward and halfback, dribbled a path through Longhorn country twice. Speedy Cassidy Burke, a fullback, kicked in a point for the red and black.

“Great plays were made by all the girls,” said Matuszyk. “They all helped to find passes and find the goal.”

Defensively, Haylie Leavitt, the goalkeeper, made two saves.

On Monday, Oct. 28, Pershing celebrated Senior Night under the lights of Yanni Field. The Mustangs hosted the Fernley Vaqueras (8-2-2). The Vaqueras ran onto the field ranked second in the league behind White Pine (13-1). Results were not available at press time.

Coaches Matt Fuller, Eva Matuszyk and the players bid farewell to Paredes, Burke, Leavitt and Kyle’ Tupa. Tupa, Paredes and Burke have each been with the program for four years. 

Goalkeeper Leavitt had to wait until medically cleared from knee surgery. She joined the team as a sophomore. Leavitt launched as goalkeeper last season and has racked up an impressive record of 143 saves.

Coach Fuller often remarks on the mental toughness required by goalkeepers. They are the last line of defense against the opposing team. He and Matuszyk also emphasize that before the ball gets to the goalie, the opposition must get by ten other players.

On Friday, the girls teamed up to keep Battle Mountain at bay with well-timed kicks and blocks. This coming week they bring their game home.