The White Pine High boys soccer team picked up a 4-2 road win against Battle Mountain last week. With its regular season finale against West Wendover the last match before the start of the postseason, the Bobcats saw goals from Jesse Petersen, Tommy Bischoff, Jose Pacheco and Macrae Windous as White Pine overcame a 2-1 deficit at half time.
“We played great team ball in the second half to get control of the match and secure the victory,” coach Leif Tokerud said.
The Bobcats’ regular season finale has no bearing on playoff seeding and White Pine will play top ranked Incline in the first round of the playoffs. Whittell faces North Tahoe in the other semi-final with the top three teams from divisions advancing to the State tournament.
But while the match may have no bearing on the standings, Tokerud said the team is looking to end its regular season on a high note and to prepare for the playoffs.
“West Wendover has the definition of a young, scrappy team,” Tokerud said. “They keep improving and happen to have one of the best center forwards in the league. They’ll be looking to finish their season strong and we need to keep improving for the playoffs.”
With the playoffs right around the corner and colder weather moving in the area, Tokerud said the team’s played some indoor soccer to work on precision and passing techniques, as well as practicing penalty kick shooting in the event of a shoot out.
As the Bobcats finish its regular season on the road and a playoff match against Incline, which White Pine tied at home earlier this season, Tokerud said he’s looking for his leaders to help take White Pine to State.
“(I’m looking) mostly for this group of seniors to keep stepping up in leadership roles to make sure everyone’s communication and defensive technique are optimized,” Tokerud said. “They’ve made the accomplishments from which we can take pride and their continued actions need to be that of which we can be proud of as well.”