Improve every game. That is White Pine High boys soccer team coach Leif Tokerud’s goal goal for his young group of players. And in the case of the team’s 4-1 road loss to Yerington on Sept. 12, there was some improvement shown on both sides of the ball.
But inexperience still reared its ugly head.
“Defensively, we battled hard. But it only takes a moment in time to make a mistake and give up a goal and that is where we still need to keep getting better. Our inexperience showed,” Tokerud said.
That much is to be expected from a team that only returned two varsity starters from last year’s squad. Tokerud said he is going to need the more experienced players on the team to set the tempo for the younger guys. something that he began to see in the second half of the Yerington game.
“We continue to get better on offense. I could see it in the way he handled our possessions in the second half of the Yerington game. Though we didn’t end up with a score in that half, we had much better control of the ball,” he said.
The coach said he liked the way some of his veterans handled themselves, including the play of Chris Young, Nate Lee, Ozzie Crowther and Nefi Perez. Saxtyn Brewster combined with Jose Pacheco to account for the Bobcat’s only goal scored during the weekend.
The Bobcats will need those players to step up again in this weekend’s home and home match ups against North Tahoe on Friday at 3 p.m. and against Incline on Saturday at 11 a.m.
“Incline and North Tahoe have two of the premier programs in the state regardless of school size,” Tokerud said. “We did manage to tie both teams last year for the first time ever. This year we expect them to pose considerable challenge.”