By Lukas Eggen Ely Times Staff Writer

The White Pine High boys soccer team started its 2013 season with a 3-2 loss to West Wendover, a 0-0 tie with Spring Creek and a 7-0 loss to Lowry last weekend. The team’s first matches brought a mixed bag of results, with solid play mixed with stretches of subpar play.

“As a team, we played rather well in earning the tie against Spring Creek, which happened to be the best opponent we played over the weekend,” coach Leif Tokerud said. “I liked the style of play and the intensity the team brought against our toughest opponent.”

Jesse Peterson played goalie in what Tokerud called a “terrific display of his skills” and the Bobcats also saw standout performances from defenders Garrett Williams, Cody Brunson and Tommy Bischoff as well as midfielders Dalton Evers and Nate Lee.

But White Pine had its share of struggles against Wendover and Lowry, resulting in two losses.

“The team simply played spots of poor defense against Wendover,” Tokerud said. “As for the Lowry game, we played dismally. We have to play with a high level of intensity against every team and the players have to learn how to overcome difficult situations much better than we did.”

Once the season hits full swing, the Bobcats will be playing multiple games in a weekend, meaning the midfielders will run four-to-five miles per game, Tokerud said. That makes it a difficult balance during the week to practice hard and rest up before matches.

“We try to rest and loosen up through Monday, hit it hard again Tuesday and Wednesday and recover/rest again on Thursday for the coming weekend games,” Tokerud said. “If you don’t get this right, as we didn’t for the Lowry game, your match will be over before it even starts.”

The Bobcats get a break from its season with its alumni game on Sept. 7. But after that looms two early tests that could help set the tone for the rest of the season and show the Bobcats exactly where they stand early on.

“This will be an opportunity to play our full squad as a couple of probably starters who didn’t play last weekend due to not enough practices will debut for us,” Tokerud said. “The following weekend has Yerington and Whittell coming into town. They both qualified for the playoffs last year, which means we need to improve enough to beat these teams if we hope to be in playoff contention.”

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