Facing a tough West Wendover team, the White Pine High boys soccer team held on for a 1-0 victory last Saturday. The Bobcats scored on a controversial goal where West Wendover’s goalie reached back to try and stop the ball from crossing the goal line. White Pine held off a late charge by West Wendover, including a penalty kick that went off the top cross bar.
“I didn’t see our best,” senior Garrett Williams said. “We did do good work, but we could have stepped it up a lot.”
The match featured numerous yellow cards being handed out as well as penalties being assessed on both sides.
“I don’t know if it was physical as much as it was scrappy,” coach Leif Tokerud said. “They’re a really young team and have a lot of guys who are freshmen and sophomores who are younger kids who fight really hard and work really hard.”
With a second half that featured numerous calls argued by players and a late charge by West Wendover, Tokerud said he told his team one thing to help them keep their head in the game.
“I pointed at the scoreboard,” Tokerud said. “I said we need a win and we’re ahead so settle down.”
With the win, White Pine appears to be in strong position as it enters the second half of the regular season. The Bobcats visits Yerington and Whittell High Schools next weekend.
“We’re right where we need to be,” Tokerud said. “We’re playing a good kind of ball and playing with good heart and good character. They see themselves as a team. The first part of the year they didn’t put for the effort and didn’t have anything invested. Now they are playing with heart and you can see it. In the last few minutes when they had to, I had kids sprinting back on defense. Earlier this year, they wouldn’t have been in position and been 10 yards away from where they needed to be.”
As the soccer teams helped cap off Homecoming week with a close victory, Tokerud said he wanted to thank the crowd for showing up and supporting the team.
“We got the ties we needed to and took care of the teams we needed to,” Tokerud said. “We’re at home and we should win these matches. Now we have to beat those guys on the road, so we’ll see what happens.”