|Hall Scores Twice, WHS Blanks Panthers|
|Written by Mike Kelly|
|Tuesday, 08 October 2013 07:36|
Chalk up another win for Watauga High boy's soccer coach Woody McKay and his team. The Pioneers, who find themselves in a heated battle for first place in the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference with
Freedom and Fred T. Foard, knocked off Patton 3-0 Monday night at Jack Groce Stadium.
Justin Hall didn't waste any time putting the Pioneers on top as he scored on a feed from Logan Raichle just 90-seconds into the match. Raichle, who had two assists on the night, padded WHS' (14-1-1; 7-1-1 NW3A/4A Conference) lead with a goal at the 20-minute mark of the first half. He scored on a direct kick from Tucker Chasteen, who picked up the assist.
"Logan just circled behind everybody and Tucker found him wide open," McKay. "It was great heads up play by those guys."
The Pioneers put the contest away as Hall scored his second goal of the night at the 45-minute mark of the second half. Raichle picked up the assist.
"That was a big goal for us," McKay said. "Getting that third goal basically puts the contest away. If they score, it turns into a tight game. But we were able to put it away. Patton has a good team. We're the first team in conference play to beat them by more than a goal. And (Patton) also beat St. Stephens. It was good effort by the guys. This was a quality win."
Freedom kept pace with WHS Monday night as the Patriots (7-1-1 in league play) defeated Hibriten 5-0 in Lenior.
Yaret Regino scored his team-leading 18th goal for the Patriots. Sebastian Ixchajchal, Joey Sandy, Tyler Gramer and McCartney Barrier (assist) also scored for FHS. K.J. Nadeau supplied two assists, Levi Andrews and Christian Patton had an assist, and Manny Diaz had two saves for the shutout.
Fred T. Foard (7-2 in league play) remained one-half game off the lead in third place by blanking Hickory, 2-0. St. Stephens (4-3-1 in league play) and South Caldwell were rained out. They will make that game up tonight. The Pioneers travel to Hickory Wednesday night.
The Pioneers won the junior varsity game, 2-0. Kobe Araica and Zach Valet scored for the Pioneers. Powell Glidewell had an assist.
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