To a coach, one of the most important things you can have in a team is a group of athletes that never gives up. Despite having lost to all of their first round conference opponents, Leif Tokerud’s White Pine High School boys soccer team showed over the weekend that they are not ready to quit playing their best.
“The guys are practicing and playing with good resolve and intent. The whole crew continues to improve markedly,” Tokerud said.
The Bobcats defeated Yerington 3-2 on Friday and followed that up with a 6-0 victory over Whittell, who was playing with only 9 players. Tokerud said that the Bobcats played with only 9 players after they earned a lead as a show of respect to their opponent.
One player in particular has stood out to the coach. Jason Bautista kicked the game-winning assist on Friday against Yerington and logged a chip shot goal up and over the Whittell goalie on Saturday. Jonatan Gonzalez also wowed Tokerud with his “momentum changing” goal against Yerington.
The coach also credited the team’s solid defense provided by Marco Pacheco, Kellen Wilkin and Dalton Westlund.
The Bobcats next play at Battle Mountain on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. The Ladycat soccer team will play at North Tahoe on Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. and at Incline on Oct. 17 at 11 a.m.