For the seniors of White Pine High’s boys soccer team, their final home match was a memorable one. Bouncing back from a 6-0 loss to North Tahoe the day before, the Bobcats tied Incline 1-1 on Saturday.
“(Saturday) was huge because of Friday,” coach Leif Tokerud said. “We had to get our confidence back and remember how to play our game. We played our game against Incline and we had to play our style to be successful.”
White Pine and Incline played a physical match and the Bobcats led 1-0 in the first half before Incline tied the match. But the tie against the league’s top team was a big one for players.
“Tying the number one team is a big deal for us,” senior Garrett Williams said. “It’ll definitely be a big confidence boost for Divisions.”
While players and coaches celebrated, Tokerud said he’s looking for the team to improve during its final matches as it preps for the postseason.
“We have to continue to get more fit,” Tokerud said. “We have to get better with our passing because when we get our chances we have to make the best of it and right now we’re a little bit sloppy, so we have to be better.”
But for this group of seniors, which include Jay Gilbert, Jesse Petersen, Cody Brunson, Dee Fullmer, Nic Johnson, Cody Perkins, Williams, Dalton Evers, Tommy Bischoff and Harveen Singh, Saturday’s tie was another sign that the Bobcats can be a serous threat for the State title this year. And that’s something Tokerud said the seniors talked about since the day they arrived.
“They’ve been talking about these things since they were freshmen,” Tokerud said. “They always said when we’re seniors, we’re going to make the playoffs and give it a shot at state. They’d like to be able to win more, but the competition is hard.
“Right now we can play with the lake schools, so we’ve achieved that and that’s a huge accomplishment in and of itself right there. If we’re fortunate enough to get to state and have good things happen, so be it. But no matter what, they’re coming.”