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Pioneers Fall Into Third Place PDF Print
Written by Mike Kelly   
Thursday, 10 October 2013 07:58

Call it the domino effect. The Watauga High boy's soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision at Hickory Wednesday night. The loss also dropped WHS (14-2-1 overall; 7-2-1 Northwestern 3A/4A Conference),

which began the day in a two-way tie for first place with Freedom, into third place, a game off the lead.



Freedom (8-1-1 in league play) grabbed sole possession of first place as the Patriots knocked off St. Stephens 3-0 Wednesday night. And Fred T. Foard (8-2 in league play) moved into second play as the Tigers got by South Caldwell 3-2 on Wednesday.


"It was a rough night, that's for sure," said WHS coach Woody McKay. "But we'll be all right. We're still in the race to win the conference championship."


Justin Hall scored WHS' only goal, his third tally in two game. Travis Poole and Ben Pleasent scored for the Red Tornadoes, who avenged a 4-1 loss in Boone back in September. The Red Tornadoes led 2-0 at halftime. Senior Jacob Michel of the Pioneers was injuried going up for a header ball and has been lost for the season.


The Pioneers will now play three of their last four games of the season at home. The Pioneers are unbeaten at home this season. They're 6-0, and they've outscored their opponents 21-1 on their home turf. Hickory is the only team to score against WHS this season at Jack Groce Stadium (on September 16).


WHS takes on  South Caldwell at home on Monday night. St. Stephens (5-4-1) comes to town on Wednesday. The juniior varsity team played Hickory to a scoreless tie.

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