With five road games to open the Northern 3A 'A' division, the Lowry High School girls soccer team is trying to make the best of the long road trip.
Lowry suffered a 4-2 loss to Sparks on Friday, Aug. 30, and lost 3-0 to North Valleys last Saturday in Reno to drop to 0-2 in league play.
“Friday was a rough game against Sparks but I think we learned a lot from it and turned things around on Saturday,” said first-year Lowry coach Misty Stene. “The girls were sluggish and I know that the heat and the travelling were definitely a factor. We did not play up to our level on Friday.”
Kelcey Cooper and Mackenzie Swenson scored the only goals for the Lady Bucks against Sparks.
"We were having some trouble today," said LHS junior Clarissa Olson after the contest on Friday. "We were not quite on our game. I think in the future we are going to be right back to where we were. We did really well with some of our crashing, and we had a few really good breaks. Sparks is a very aggressive team and we were struggling a little bit with frustration today, but I think in the games to come that will clear up.”
Stene praised the play of Ariana Galindo.
"Ariana played her heart out at midfield in both games," added the coach. "She hustled and got back on defense when we needed to be on defense and then turned around and got back on offense when we needed it. She was definitely the star player this week. This week was a learning experience for us. We need to figure out how to have a tougher mental game and we are figuring that out. We are starting to really mesh as a team, which I am excited to see.”
Lowry traveled to North Tahoe on Friday and results were not available at press time. Lowry is in Truckee today (Saturday).
“I know that they are going to be tough games," Stene said. "But I think that if we go in there with the right mindset and play our game we can definitely hang with them. I am excited to see how we do this weekend.”
Churchill County (Fallon) hosts the Lady Bucks on Tuesday in the final game of thie road trip.
Winnemucca will get their first look at Lowry girls soccer at home when they take on South Tahoe at 5 p.m. on Sept. 13 and Incline at noon on Sept 14.