The White Pine High boys soccer team picked up a 2-1 win against Battle Mountain last Saturday in a difficult match for the Bobcats. 

“Most importantly, we gained three points in the standings with our win,” coach Leif Tokerud said. “We played a terrific first 37 minutes in gaining our 1-0 lead.”

But Battle Mountain tied the match with time winding down in the first half.

“I could tell we had run out of gas at that point and tried to funnel fresher players to help on defense,” Tokerud said.

White Pine created numerous scoring chances throughout the match and earned the one-goal victory, led by several strong performances.

“Nate Lee easily had his best performance as he and Dalton Evers dominated the midfield for us,” Tokerud said. “Dee Fullmer scored on another great 30-yard shot as he and his fellow strikers, Jose Martinez, Jay Gilbert and Jesse Petersen kept continuous pressure on the defense.”

Up next for White Pine is a home match against West Wendover during the school’s Homecoming week. The match begins at 11 a.m., followed by the girls soccer match at 1 p.m. West Wendover also defeated Battle Mountain. And with playoff seeding still up for grabs, each match is important for White Pine to continue to position itself for the postseason.

“Wendover also beat Battle Mountain last weekend, which makes this an even match up,” Tokerud said. “They have quality skills and play at a higher level than their overall youth might portend. All of our games are at the must-win level as we battle to be among the league’s top four teams that make the playoffs. Presently, we have held serve in that regard and will have to step up our game to continue.”

While Homecoming week will have plenty of activities for students throughout, Tokerud said he expects his team to be focused. And he’s hoping that Homecoming helps give the team more energy in front of the home crowd.

“Overall, Homecoming helps get them fired up for Wendover, which is energy and passion, which should be quite positive,” Tokerud said. “The forecast calls for an amazingly gorgeous 60-degree day that folks can come out to spend supporting their WPHS Bobcat and Ladycat soccer teams.”