“We worked a lot on long passes and crosses across the field. I was impressed that we were able to pull them off in our games this weekend,” Pacheco said.
The Bobcat team played their way through multiple opponents to contest West Wendover for the preseason tournament championship. Though the aggressive Wolverines defeated the Bobcats 3-0 in the final game of the tournament, Tokerud found a lot of positives from the way his team played.
“We played a much better brand of soccer in these games than we played last season. The kids are more grown up and are now making the plays I need them to make,” the coach said.
Goalie Seth Robertson, in particular, caught Tokerud’s eye after did his best to counter the Wolverines barrage of shots.
“He put in the time over the summer and worked his butt off and it showed on the field,” Tokerud said of his goalie.
Robertson finished the game with 18 saves. He called the game against Wendover “good practice.”
“It was good to get experience playing in a real game so I can learn what I need to work on more. It’s nice that it was just a preseason game so I can be more ready for the stress of a regular season game,” Robertson said.
The White Pine girls soccer team acheived their goal of beating Elko in their first game of the preseason tournament. The Ladycats lost to Pershing County and West Wendover but rallied back to finish third with a 6-2 win over Spring Creek.
Both teams will face their first two regular season opponents on the road, traveling to Yerington on Sept. 11 and then Whitell on Sept. 12.