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Lady Trojans outscore and outshoot Desert Pines

Trojans girls soccer easily dispatched Desert Pines on the shooting of Makenzie Lunetto and Sydney Dennis at home on Tuesday 4-0.

Lunetto and Dennis each scored two goals and Kaitlyn Carrington had three assists.

Pahrump (9-3 overall, 3-0 Sunset League) may have won but had some problems getting things started.

Trojans coach Julie Carrington offered some insight.

“It was pretty rough pulling them together as a team,” she said. “They had found out about the boys team that was in a school bus accident. So when you start worrying about your brothers and friends on that bus, they just didn’t know. That could have had something to do with that.”

As it turns out, no one was injured in the bus accident.

Three goals were scored in the first half, the first by Dennis on a pass from Carrington. Grace Gundacker then had a nice pass to Lunetto for her first goal. Dennis then got another pass from Carrington to get her second goal with under two minutes left in the half.

With a 3-0 halftime score and no pressure from Desert Pines (1-6, 0-3), Carrington told her girls to expect some subs to play in the second half.

The last goal was scored with just three minutes to play by Lunetto after another great pass by Carrington.

Pahrump held a shooting clinic where they took 10 shots in the first half to the Jaguars two and then poured it on in the second half with 14 shots to their three.

Carrington was more than pleased with the effort and the win.

“They pull it together every single time and we end up getting the win,” she said. “I think we will work a bit on sportsmanship and team bonding, which would be my fault. I will take the blame for that.”

Carrington believes her team is progressing.

“They had a lot more passing,” she said. “A lot more communicating from my defense, pulling up when they were supposed to pull up. They were where they were supposed to be. The throw-ins are getting a lot longer. And the corner kicks are getting a lot better.”

The team almost scored on a corner kick in the second half. Kathy Niles does the corner kicks for the team and she laid a nice one right in the right place but because it hit the upper bar of the goal, the kick didn’t count.

“The wind always plays a big part in things,” the coach added. “That was really good.”

Pahrump played Cheyenne (5-5, 2-1) on Thursday, which was past deadline. If the Trojans can beat Cheyenne and the Warriors, then the girls will likely roll unopposed to the regional playoffs. The team plays at Western (7-3, 3-0) on Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Trojans are looking to get back at the Warriors for losing to them last year.

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