Anna Jimenez challenges a Yerington player for the ball.
Anna Jimenez challenges a Yerington player for the ball.
The Pershing County soccer girls had a tough weekend with two league losses. 

On Friday they hosted Yerington, losing 5-1. Saturday Lovelock traveled to Fernley for a 6-1 loss. Pershing County  now stands at 3-11, overall, and 1-6 in the 3A Northern League.

Silver linings made the losses less bitter for the tenacious Lady Mustangs, coached by Matt Fuller and Eva Matuszyk. These girls do not quit. 

Friday, officials yellow-carded a Yerington player for over-aggressive blocking. Ana Paredes, Pershing County’s senior forward and halfback, took full advantage of the free-kick.

“Ana shot high and to the left of the goal and got it in,” said Matuszyk. “Those shots are difficult for professionals to get.” Paredes has been with the soccer program throughout her high school career.

Tavis Hunt, a freshman forward and halfback, covered a Yerington player known for some of the deftest footwork in the league.

Hunt’s interference hampered Yerington’s ability to keep making plays off the athlete.

The Mustang’s pregame cheer sets the tone of each game. The girls communicate well with each other. As they run onto the field, coach Fuller always advises them to have fun.

On Saturday Mustang teamwork netted a goal against Fernley. Midfielder Anna Jimenez set the play in motion with a pass to Paredes. Without missing beat, Paredes found a through pass to Kylee Fuller, the speedy sophomore forward and halfback. 

“Kylee had a good run, a quick step and a shot that gave us the goal,” said Matuszyk. “It was the perfect scenario.”

Throughout the weekend, Haylie Leavitt, the senior goalkeeper, had 23 saves. 

Pershing County saved its best playing for the second half of each competition, according to Matuszyk. The girls upped their passing game, leading to more shots on Yerington and Fernley’s goals.

Cora Trowbridge’s plays impressed the coach. The freshman fullback is playing her first year of high school soccer.

“Cora is finding herself on the field and figuring out how to defend tough players,” said Matuszyk.

The coach singled out several more Mustang defenders – Connie Kersnowski, Cassidy Burke, Mariana Espinoza and Kyle’ Tupa. Tupa and Burke are seniors, in the midst of their final high school soccer season. Kersnowski is a junior fullback and halfback. Espinoza, a freshman forward, is just starting out of the gate.

“There were a lot of goals against us, but if it weren’t for the four of them and Haylie there would have been a lot more,” said Matuszyk. “I know we can play better. There were a lot of distractions this week with picture days and upcoming festivities.”

The Lady Mustangs play their homecoming game against Battle Mountain (0-7-1) this Thursday. Watch for the soccer team’s float in the Homecoming Parade. The Pershing County soccer team plays its rival school under the lights of Yanni Field starting at 6:30 p.m.