|Pioneers Remain Unblemished, Ground Eagles|
|Written by Mike Kelly|
|Thursday, 29 August 2013 07:28|
The Watauga High boy's soccer team, which made its first regional appearance since 1999 last fall, has
continued its consistent pace of winning---and winning big. The Pioneers (5-0), who have outscored their opponents by the whopping margin of 25-4, belted Wilkes Central 5-1 Wednesday night in a non-conference game in Moravian Falls, N.C.
The Pioneers snapped a scoreless tie when Patrick Williamson found Tucker Chasteen, who scored his tenth goal of the year, to give WHS a 1-0 lead at the 20-minute mark of the first half. WHS added to its lead with two more goals just before halftime.
Logan Raichle and Cam Linnville hooked on both of those goals to give WHS a 3-0 lead at the intermission. Raichle set up Linnville on a throw-in at the 31-minute mark, and the pair manufactured another tally four-minutes later when Linnville returned the favor.
"It took us a while to get our offense going tonight," WHS coach Woody McKay said. "But I really liked our patience on offense. We took our time, and created some opportunities. We finished the first half on a strong note."
The Pioneers continued its torrid pace to start the second half. Justin Hall set up Hunter Martin for a goal at the 43-minute mark; Chasteen closed things out three minutes later with this second goal of the night and 11th goal of the season.
The Pioneers return home Friday night to play A.C. Reynolds in a non-conference game at Jack Groce Stadium.
"And that will our biggest challenge of the season to date," McKay said. "A.C. Reynolds always has a very good program. It will be a very good, early season test for our players."
Friday's game kicks-off at 6 p.m. WHS won the JV game, 2-1. Trevor Reep and Andrew Crumpler scored for the Pioneers.
WHS XC COMPETES IN RELAY MEET
The Watauga High boy's and girl's cross country teams competed in a Northwestern 3A/4A Conference relay meet Wednesday at St. Stephens/
Fred T. Foard finished first in the boy's race; WHS finished second; the Pioneers had four teams among the top-ten finishers.
The team of Matt Osborne, Jacob Soule, Conner Pate and Evan Miller completed the relay race in 47-minutes and 55-seconds. Freedom finished first in the girl's race. WHS finished fifth. WHS' top finisher was the relay team of Kathleen Mansure, Mandy Eagle-Farrar, Lauren Welsh and Sidney Wiswell in 60:10.
WHS competes in the Caldwell County Invitational next Wednesday at the Lenior Aquatic Center.
NORTHWESTERN 3A/4A CONFERENCE SCOREBOARD
ST. STEPHENS 3, WATAUGA 1
FRED T. FOARD 3, FREEDOM 0
HICKORY3, PATTON 0
WATAUGA 5, WILKES CENTRAL 1
FREEDOM 8, ASHE COUNTY 1
WEST CALDWELL 4, HIBRITEN 0
PATTON 3, McDOWELL 1
WHS GIRL'S TENNIS @ PFAFFTOWN-REAGAN, 4 P.M.
WHS JV FOOTBALL v. ASHE COUNTY, 7 P.M.
WHS BOY'S SOCCER v. A.C. REYNOLDS, 5/6:30 P.M.
WHS FOOTBALL @ ASHE COUNTY, 7:30 P.M.
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