The White Pine High boys soccer team finished its regular season with a 2-1 road win against West Wendover last week.
But now the real tests loom for the Bobcats. White Pine opens its post season against top-seeded Incline in the first round of Divisions. The winner clinches a berth to State while the loser plays in the consolation final for the final berth to State. Whittell and North Tahoe face off in the other opening round match.
“A win would be huge because it’s against the number one team,” Garrett Williams said.
White Pine may be in a position to challenge Incline and earn its berth to State. The Bobcats tied Incline earlier this season and took a 1-0 lead into the second half with chances to extend the lead.
“We’ve seen results with all three of those schools, so we should be ready to face them and do what we can,” Williams said.
White Pine also earned a tie with North Tahoe, a sign the team may be ready to challenge for a State championship this season. Players said the team’s made great strides throughout the season to get to this point.
“Our offense improved quite a bit since the beginning of the year,” Jesse Petersen said.
To get a win against Incline, players said they must dictate the tone and pace of the match, instead of the other way around.
“We need to be aggressive in this game,” Weslee Spear said. “We can’t let them push us around. You have to stand up to them and don’t let them boss you around.”
For the Bobcats, who features multiple seniors who spent the last three or four years of their high school careers on the team, this season represents the best chance it’s had in recent memory to make a deep run in the post season.
“We’ll go out there and play our hearts out and leave it on the field,” Austin Gledhill said.
And for this group of seniors, Divisions and possibly a berth to State is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication.
This is our biggest challenge, these three lake schools,” Petersen said. “Beating them and getting to State, that’s our goal.”