Goalkeeper Jake Chasteen, who had a brillant playing career at Watauga High, has been selected to play in the 8th Annual Clash of The Carolinas all-star soccer game on July 12 at Blackbaud Stadium in Daniel Island, S.C. The game is a showcase for the best seniors from North and South Carolina in boys and girls soccer. The Tar
Heel State owns a 3-1-3 lead in the boys series; North Carolina has a 5-1-1 lead in the girls series. The Clash of the Carolinas began in 2007.
Chasteen was a three-time all-conference, and a two-time all-region performer for the Pioneers. He was named to the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association Class 4A All-State Team his junior year in 2012. He was the first junior to be named all-state at WHS since Andy Cook in 1999. Chasteen is also the first WHS player selected to play in this prestigous event.
Former WHS coach Doug Kidd was on the North Carolina coaching staff in 2007. Mark Linnville, who transferred to the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham, N.C., following his sophomore year in 2006, played in the Clash of the Carolinas in 2009. Linnville went played collegiately at Princeton University.
Chasteen, who will attend Appalachian State University on a partial scholarship (he's been guaranteed a roster spot) to play soccer this fall, had an impressive stay with the Pioneers. He won 34 games in his career with 19 shutouts, and he led the Pioneers to their first regional appearance in 12 years (before that, the Pioneers last qualified for regionals in 1999).
Chasteen gave up 36 goals in 47 career games with the Pioneers for a 0.76 goals-against-average. Chasteen was also the starting goalkeeper for his club team, the Greensboro Fusion U-18 team, which won the state championship in April.
Photo Courtesy: Jake Chasteen, WHS Athletics