The Pershing County soccer team does its pregame cheer in West Wendover before playing the Wolverines.
The Pershing County soccer team does its pregame cheer in West Wendover before playing the Wolverines.
Their determination is starting to pay off. The Pershing County girls soccer team scored a league win this past Friday, beating West Wendover’s Lady Wolverines 7-1.

Saturday, Pershing County traveled to Ely. Lovelock fell to White Pine 3-0.

“Even though we lost, we played a competitive game,” said Eva Matuszyk, Pershing County’s assistant soccer coach. “We interfered plays, had great traps and improved on our throw-in.” 

The Mustangs, coached by Matt Fuller and Matuszyk, now stand at 3-9 overall, and 1-4 in the 3A Northern League.

Team effort fells

West Wendover

Ana Paredes, Kylee Fuller and Riley Soliman spelled double trouble for Wendover’s Wolverines. Each Lovelock athlete scored two goals. Hannah Gonzalez slammed in one more.

Early on, the Mustangs showed gusto, making passes, finding through passes and taking shots on the goal.

Right off the bat, Fuller broke away to drive the ball upfield. Wendover’s goalie made the save, but Fuller booted the rebound into the goal.

Paredes scored on an assist from Soliman. Without missing a beat, Soliman scored a goal off a corner kick, a rarity in Mustang soccer. The first half ended at 3-0, with the Pershing in the driver’s seat.

In the second half, Paredes scored on a penalty kick against the Wolverines. She lit up the scoreboard for Pershing County with her second goal of the game.

Moments later, Fuller dribbled the ball upfield and took another successful shot at Wendover’s goal.

Gonzalez scored on a cross received from Fuller. Soliman completed Pershing County’s scoring with a through pass assist from Gonzalez.

Defensively, the Mustangs held the Wolverines to one goal from a free kick.

The Mustangs played a smart game,” said Matuszyk, Pershing’s assistant coach. 

Ladycats drop Mustangs

On Saturday, Pershing County traveled to Ely to challenge White Pine’s Ladycats. Although Lovelock lost, they played another spirited game.

Pershing County’s goalie, Haylie Leavitt, made a total of 22 saves. Early on, she blocked an Ely penalty kick. Moments later, Ely got past the Mustang defenders. But the Lovelock girls persevered.

“They played strong for the rest of the first half and did not let Ely get another goal,” said Matuszyk.

In the second half, Ely sent in its top guns. A quick pass resulted in a shot that deflected off a PCHS player. The Ladycats followed up with another successful shot, their third goal.

“Overall, the team did a great job this weekend,” said Matuszyk. “The freshmen stepped it up and the team communicated well, showing a lot of growth.”

This weekend the soccer girls are back on the road for a pair of away games. They’ll play Yerington on Friday. The Mustangs lost 6-3 to Yerington earlier in the season and look forward to the rematch. . On Saturday, Sept. 28, Pershing County travels to Fernley.

The Lady Mustangs return to Yanni Field on Thursday, Oct. 3 for their Homecoming Game against Battle Mountain. The action starts at 6:30 p.m.