August 27, 2006

Fitness Pays Off As Wildcats Win First Game

The Western Nevada Community College women's soccer team did a lot of running and trained hard for the upcoming season. The hard work paid off for the Wildcats in their opening game as they posted a 5-1 victory Sunday against Feather River College in Quincy, Calif.

"Getting a win in our first game gives us a real push in the right direction, especially when players come up to me after the game and say they are happy with our fitness level," Head Coach Hillary Arthur said. "Fitness pays off. We are more fit now than we were all of last season."

According to Arthur, the Wildcats were a little banged up to start last season. "We had three players injured after the two-a-day practices ended. This year is a different story; everyone is healthy and when you're fit, it's so much easier."

In their first contest, Douglas High graduate Courtney Lenhart led the way with two goals, scoring one in the first half and one in the second. Lenhart and Douglas High School grad Christina Bradshaw led WNCC with four shots on goal each.

South Tahoe High graduate Virginia Loyola and Bradshaw scored the other goals as the Wildcats led 3-1 at the half. In the second, Carson High School grad Courtney Hayes and Lenhart scored for WNCC.

"Feather River was a challenge for us and a very tough squad," Arthur added. "We just stuck with our game plan and were successful with our style of play."

The Wildcats will face Cochise College of Arizona at 3 p.m. Friday in their first home game at the Edmonds Sports Complex in southeast Carson City.

Press Release: August 28, 2006

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