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Pioneers Clinch Second Place PDF Print
Written by Mike Kelly   
Thursday, 27 October 2011 07:16

The Watauga High boys soccer team nailed down second place in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference Wednesday night at Jack Groce Stadium.
The Pioneers (15-4-1 overall; 8-3-1 NW3A/4A) knocked off St. Stephens 3-0 in the regular-season finale. Zach Helms led the way with the hat-trick and his

first goal at the five-minute mark of the first half turned out to be the eventual game winner. Helms, tbe leading scorer in the NW3A/4A, had 13 goals in 12 games.
"Zach has had a great season for us, especially in conference play," said WHS coach Woody McKay. "If it wasn't for his scoring touch, we could have had some problems."
Ryan Hellebrand had the assist on Helms' first tally; Eli Murrey and Jake Chasteen had the other assists. The Pioneers, despite their second-place overall finish, are still the No.1 seed among the Class 4A schools in league play. And the Pioneers will open post-season play at home next Wednesday, November 2 against a wild card team. Those pairings should be released by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association by next Monday, October 31.
"It's been a fun year, for sure," Mckay said. "But now the goal is to win a playoff game. But it all depends on the draw, and who we play. But we're at home, and that really helps a lot."
WHS won the JV game, 4-1. Justin Hall scored twice, Canyon Mueller had a goal and an assist, Matt Hall scored a goal, Hunter Martin had two assists and sophomore Trey Ollis, who will join the varisty during the state playoffs, according to McKay, had an assist.



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