The Watuaga High girls' soccer team remained undefeated on the year, and they also continued their stingy ways.
The Pioneers (4-0-2), who have given up just one goal all season, knocked off Avery 3-0 Friday night in a non-conference game in Newland, N.C.
The Pioneers, who led 1-0 at the break, finally broke the game open with a pair of goals in the second half. Tori Derrick scored on a cross from Kat Welsh at the 50-minute mark of the second half to make it 2-0; Abby Carson scored on a breakaway ten minutes later.
Tristen Derrick scored WHS' first goal at the 12-minute mark of the first half on a feed from her sister, Tori Derrick.
The Pioneers begin Northwestern 3A/4A Conference play at Freedom Tuesday night.
TIGERS DOWN WHS, 4-1
For the majority of the game, Michala McCune of the Watauga High softball team and Ricki Nunn of Fred T. Foard were involved in quite a pitching dual. But in the end the Tigers prevailed by beating WHS 4-1 in a Northwestern 3A/4A Conference game in Newton, N.C.
Foard took the early lead in the first inning. Erynne Chalk started things off by getting hit by a pitch. She later scored on a double to left centerfield by Michaela Wilson. The Tigers would own that 1-0 lead until the fourth inning.
Kristen Gill started off the top of the fourth inning lacing a double down the left field line. A single by Sydney Jones moved Gill to third. She scored on a sacrifice fly by Rachel Hawkins. Unfortunately for the Pioneers, Jones was stranded at second base. That was a common theme for the Pioneers (0-3 overall; 0-2 NW3A/4A) on this day---missed opportunities.
Watauga stranded seven baserunners on the day including leaving the bases loaded in the second inning. On the day, they stranded runners in scoring position in four times.
Foard broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth inning. After loading the bases, McCune was able to get one out before Foard's Kolleen Spears scored on a wild pitch. McCune gave way to Megan Jackson at that point. Jackson was able to get the second out before Chalk doubled to plate the final two runs of the day.
"Michala did an outstanding job on the mound today," said WHS coach Stephanie Kostis. "She was spotting her pitches extremely well and had solid movement and speed as well. She was efficient the whole day, but I think she may have gotten a little fatigued in the 6th. We wanted to give her the opportunity to finish things out. She deserved that but we felt that putting Megan in when we did would throw their hitters off. Unfortunately for us, they were able to get those three runs in.
"It was great to see our bats come alive. We really worked hard in practice yesterday focusing on the little fundamentals of their swings. We actually videoed their swings and showed them what we saw and they were able to make the adjustments. Kristen in particular took advantage of the hitting practice. She was really on today. She normally struggles with the inside pitches but she jumped on them today and hit them with authority."
The Pioneers travel to Freedom Tuesday night.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
WHS 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 8 2
FTF 1 0 0 0 0 3 X 4 5 2
IP R ER H K BB HP WP
Michala McCune 6.3 4 1 4 2 4 2 1
Megan Jackson .6 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
IP R ER H K BB WP
Ricki Kunn 7 1 1 8 4 0 1
Kristen Gill 3-3 2B R
Megan Jackson 2-3 2B
Sydney Jones 1-3
Rachel Hawkins 1-2 RBI SAC
Elizabeth Dollar 1-4