By Dave Maxwell

Diogo Gandra, an exchange student from Portugal, scored three first half goals and Richi Carrazana scored another, leading White Pine to a 4-1 win at Battle Mountain in boys soccer action last Friday.

Coach Lief Tokerud said Battle Mountain is having a “messy season, being undermanned and were only able to put 10 players on the field. You need 11, but you can play with as few as seven.”

Because the Longhorns were shorthanded Tokerud played many of his substitutes in the second half.

The win put the Bobcats at .500 for the season. “Our defense is becoming stronger,” Tokerud noted. “We have only given up seven goals in our league games which is the league’s best goals-against-average.” Battle Mountain (6-9-1, 0-6) has allowed 33 goals in league play.

This Saturday, the Bobcats (5-5-2, 3-3 2A North) play at West Wendover, and Tokerud said he expects it to be a “battle Royale.” The Wolverines (7-6-1, 4-2) edged White Pine 1-0 with a late goal when they played in Ely Sept. 23.