It took a while---ten games to be exact----but the Watauga High girls' lacrosse team finished its season on a winning note Friday night. The Pioneers (1-10 overall; 1-9 North Carolina Conference 7) rallied from an early 5-1 deficit and defeated West Forsyth 10-9 in a NCC 7 game at Leigh Wallace Memorial Field.
"That may have been the most exciting game of lacrosse I've ever been a part of," said WHS coach Holley Quick. "What a way to end the season West Forsyth went up 5-1 early in the first half, but the girls really came on hard and got back in it before halftime. We led 7-6 at the half."
Ellie Sloboda led WHS with four goals; Courtney Kapral had three goals; Katie Marks had a goal and two assists.
"We pulled ahead by one a little over halfway through the second half," Quick said. "The score stayed that way for a few minutes before we scored two in a row to pull ahead. Meghan (Bisignani) and our defense did a phenomenal job of holding them off for the last few minutes. I am so proud of these ladies for playing with such heart and drive after a really tough season."
Bisignani made eight saves, including six in the second half. She stopped 67% of the shots she faced.
WATAUGA 10, WEST FORSYTH 9.
Ellie Sloboda-- 4 goals
Courtney Kapral--3 goals
Katie Marks-- 1 goal, 2 assists
Cami Hastings-- 1 goal
Sophomore (attack) Molly Gilleskie-- 1 goal
Meghan Bisignani-- 8 saves
PIONEERS BOUNCE BACK BIG AGAINST SOUTH
The Watuaga High girls' soccer team bounced back from Thursday's disappointing loss at Hickory Thursday night by whipping South Caldwell 3-1 in a Northwestern 3A-4A Conference game at Jack Groce Stadium Friday night.
The win also avenged a 1-0 loss in Sawmills, N.C., on April 1. And the Pioneers have clinched the No.1 seed among the Class 4A schools in the NW3A-4A Conference. Sierra Hill got WHS on the board three minutes into the game; Abby Carson added an insurance goal at the 46-minute mark of the second half. Tristin Derrick picked up the assist on that goal. Hill scored her second goal of the game eight minutes later. Brynne Goiuld picked up the assist.
The Pioneers (13-3-3 ovearll; 8-3-1 NW3A-4A) play NW3A-4A Conference champion, St. Stephens, at home Tuesday night.
WHS won the junior varsity game, 3-0. Amanda Lubkemann scored twice; Maggie Gilleskie had the other WHS goal.
WHS Varsity won 3-1
3rd min.- Sierra Hill
46th min.- Abby Carson from Tristin Derrick
54th min.- Sierra Hill from Brynne Gould
WHS JV won 3-0
4th min.- Maggie Gilleskie
23rd min.- Amanda Lubkemann on a PK
47th min.- Amanda Lubkemann on a Free kick
ASHE COUNTY TEE TIMES ANNOUNCED
Ashe County High boys' golf coach Laura Foster has revealed Tuesday's tee times at the Salisbury Country Club for the NCHSAA Class 2A Midwest Regional....
NCHSAA Men's Golf Midwest Regional
Country Club of Salisbury
Tuesday May 6th
Abel Warner 8:30am
Zach Lawrence 8:38am
Ethan Warner 8:46am
Jacob Worley 8:54am
Caleb Carter 9:02am
Brandon Badger 9:10am
The top three teams and top three individuals not on one of those top three teams will advance to the NCHSAA State Championships May 12-13 at Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines, N.C.
SOUTH CALDWELL RUINS SENIOR NIGHT
The South Caldwell High softball team scored ten runs in the fourth inning and defeated Watauga 14-0 at the WHS Softball Complex on Senior Night Friday.
The Pioneers (3-12 ovearll; 3-11 Northwestern 3A-4A Conference) aided the effort by making five errors. Rachel Cox had WHS' only hit in Friday's lopsided loss.
Michala McCune suffered the loss. She coughed up nine runs on six hits in three innings. She walked five and stuck out five. The Pioneers, a No.7 seed, will open the NW3A-4A Conference Tournament at St. Stephens, the No.2 seed.
Freedom 5, Patton 1
St. Stephens 11, Fred T. Foard 6
South Caldwell 14, Watauga 0
Freedom 5, Patton 0
Hickory 3, Hibriten 0
St. Stephens 4, Fred T. Foard 1
Watauga 3, South Caldwell 1