By Vern Hee
The Lady Trojans soccer team traveled to Cheyenne to play the Desert Shields in their second and last match for the season against Cheyenne. The Trojans beat the Desert Shields in September 6-1.
On Wednesday, the story finished with the same ending — this time the Trojans bested the Shields 5-1.
The story of the day was an accident that occurred on Highway 160 at the summit that caused all traffic to go around to Indian Springs on Highway 95 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This caused major delays in traffic and caused the cancellation of the Trojans boys soccer game in Pahrump.
Pam Larmouth, head Trojans coach, said her girls just had a longer trip to victory.
“We had to go around on 95 to get to Cheyenne. We were not late but didn’t have our normal warm-up. It was also raining and the wind was really gusting for the first half,” said Larmouth.
Sydney Sladek was too much for the Shields to handle scoring 4 of the 5 Trojans goals. The other goal was made by Gabby Vasquez.
Larmouth said the Desert Shields had improved a bit since the last meeting and so it took a bit for the Trojans to get warmed up. The score was only 1-1 at the half.
“Cheyenne scored in the first 10 minutes of the game, they were fast to the ball and won most of the 50-50 balls for the first half. I was impressed with how much they had improved. Speaking to the Cheyenne coach after the game he said they really wanted to beat us so that they would move up to 2nd place in the standings. He also said in our first game with them, many of their players had been injured,” said Larmouth.
Larmouth has been concerned with the quality of play in the league. The games have been so mismatched that she feels her girls are not prepared for the playoffs.
“We enjoyed the game, but are so used to not having to play hard that it takes us 20 -25 minutes to get up to speed. This is the effect of playing teams that are not at our level,” commented Larmouth.
With the victory against Cheyenne, the Trojans improve to 13-0 overall and 8-0 in league play.
Bishop Gorman this afternoon
Larmouth has worked hard all season to get the girls division one teams that were comparable in skill to play. She said most division one teams had no interest in playing Pahrump because there was nothing for their team to gain. Her hard work yielded two teams, Del Sol and Bishop Gorman. The Trojans slaughtered Del Sol 17-0 and play Bishop today.
The Bishop game will be the hardest game to date for the Trojans program this year. Gorman is 5-1 in league play. They lost their only game to league leader Centennial 2-1. Last year the Bishop Gorman Gaels beat Centennial in the playoffs. Gorman went on to win the Southern Nevada title but since they played soccer in the winter there were no Northern teams to play.
Joe Sladek, assistant coach for the Trojans, said he knows most of the girls on the Bishop team and that the Gaels are in the top four teams in Las Vegas and feels his team is one of the best in the state.
“I know half of the girls from club soccer. They are one of the best teams in Las Vegas next to Arbor View, Centennial, and Palo Verde. In my opinion those four teams are the best teams. I wish we play all four teams. We are looking forward to playing them. The Trojans are probably the best team in the state right now and we will find out this Friday,” said Sladek.
The game starts at 3:30 at Bishop Gorman.
The Trojans boys game with Cheyenne will be made up as soon as possible according to Chris Brockman, athletic administrator for the Trojans.