The Hickory High men's soccer team maintained its grip on first place in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference Monday night.
But the Pioneers (12-4-1 overall; 5-2-1 NW3A/4A) pushed Hickory to the limit. The Red Tornadoes (7-0 in league play), who won the game by a 2-0 score in double overtime, didn't score until the 91st minute of the second overtime. They added an insurance goal three minutes later.
"And I really thought our guys outplayed them," said WHS coach Woody McKay. "It's a tough loss, but we still had a strong effort, especially on defense. We kept them off the board as long as we could, but they have some very good offensive weapons, and they finally broke through."
Hickory won the JV game, 2-1. Gray Huffman scored the first goal os his career off a direct kick by Raul Fornani. The Pioneers travel to Alexander Central next Monday.
WHS Tennis Has Three Regional Qualifiers
The Watauga High women's tennis team produced three regional qualifiers at the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference Qualifier at South Caldwell High School in Sawmills.
Meredith Smith, the No.1 seed, and Hannah Petersen, No.2 seed, both reached the finals and qualified for regionals. But Smith and Petersen did not face each other in a finals match. The doubles team of Sarah Petersen and Margaret Anagnos, the top seed, advanced as well. Liz Clark and Nicole Fox, the No.2 seed, failed to qualify. The Class 4A Western Regional will be played at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, October 21-22.
The Class 4A Western Dual-Team State Playoffs begin next Tuesday, October 18. The Pioneers (13-4 in duals) will host a first-round match at the Sport Complex against the No.2 seed from the Southwestern 4A Conference.
SEMIS- MEREDITH SMITH (W) DEF MOLLY GANT (ACHS) 6-0 6-0
SEMIS- HANNAH PETERSEN (W) DEF AUDREY PENNEL (ACHS) 6-0 6-0
SEMIS- SARAH PETERSEN/MARGARET ANAGNOS (W) DEF MEGAN RADER/SHYANN BELANGER (ACHS) 6-0 6-2
SEMIS- AMANDA BRYAN/REGAN SPENCER (ACHS) DEF LIZ CLARK/NICOLE FOX (W) 6-7 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (3)
MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL SCORES
FIRST ROUND OF THE WATAUGA COUNTY TOURNAMENT
HP 2, Mabel 0
Hardin Park 25, 25
Mabel 8, 15
PK 2, BR 0
Parkway 25, 25
Blowing Rock 11, 4
Bethel 2, VC 1
Bethel 25, 17, 25
Valle Crucis 20, 17, 14
GV 2, CC 0
Green Valley 26, 25
Cove Creek 24, 10
Semifinal Match Ups: Will be played Wednesday October 12th
#1 Parkway vs #4 Bethel 4:30 at WHS
#2 Hardin Park vs #3 Green Valley 5:30 at WHS
Championship Game 6:30 at WHS