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Pioneers Impressive in 2-0 Win over Hibriten PDF Print
Written by John Spinetto   
Thursday, 27 September 2012 08:34

Soccer has often been characterized as "the beautiful game" when referring to matches that are played on the World Cup stage.  On Wednesday, Watauga's men's soccer team gave a great demonstration of the beautiful game at the

high school level, downing a previously ranked Hibriten 2-0 in Lenoir.  Watauga fans were treated to a continuous series of  surgical take-aways, precision passes, deceptive moves, constant movement and a level of energy and aggressive play unmatched by their opponent.
Watauga struck first in the 22nd minute when Justin "Chester" Hall drove with the ball into the penalty box and a Hibriten defender was called for a "hand ball", while trying to defend against Hall.  Logan Raichle took the resulting penalty kick placing it high and in the right side of the net, out of the reach of the diving goalie.  With a minute remaining in the first half, Cam Linville lauched a long throw-in from the right side of the field.  Forrest Ludwig made a quick move around a defender and drove the ball into the back of the net for a 2-0 halftime lead.
The second half was a virtual clinic on ball control as Watauga dominated possession of the ball and their defense repeatedly frustrated Hibriten's efforts to control the ball and get in a position to attempt a shot.  Hibriten attempted several exceptionally long throw-ins during the first half, many of them falling in front of Watauga's goal, only to be taken away by Watauga defenders.  During the second half Watauga adjusted their defensive scheme and denied Hiibriten the opportunity to even take a throw-in. The few shots that Hibriten managed to take were easily stopped by Watauga's outstanding goalie, Jake Chasteen. 
Coach Woody McKay was very pleased with his team's performance and believes the win will give his team more confidence when playing on a natural grass surface.  Watauga's previous game on natural grass at Alexander Central resulted in a 0-0 tie in spite of Watauga out-shooting their opponent 45-5. 

 

WHS JV Team Remains Unbeaten

 

The WHS JV men's soccer team continued their unbeaten streak with an impressive 1-0 victory over Hibriten in Lenoir.  The JV team, missing star defender Dylan Hill who was recently moved up to the varsity squad, and top scorer Chase Palm, out with an ankle injury, scored late in the first half to take a 1-0 lead whicvh would hold up through the game.  The lone goal came off a free kick by Will Spinetto which was fielded by Powell Glidewell and  promptly slammed inmto the net.
Coach Bill Ireland complimented Sam Marlett for his exceptional play after being moved to the center mid-fielder position.  The JV team voted Hunter Teempleton and Matt Hellenbrand as "Men of the Game" for their agressive play and ability to disrupt Hibriten's efforts to muster an offense.

  
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