Chasteen makes it official with App State
by Christina Call
Watauga High soccer player Jake Chasteen proved Wednesday that he is a man of his word.
Chasteen followed through on his verbal commitment he made when it came to playing college soccer and signed his letter of intent to play for Appalachian State this fall.
The goalkeeper, who committed to Appalachian State during the Pioneers' regular season, has played soccer for 13 years. He says he is excited to continue his soccer career at ASU, which is coached by Matt Nelson and Jeff Bilyk.
"I am super excited to be going to Appalachian and to be playing on a solid soccer team that coach Nelson and coach Bilyk have built," Chasteen said. "I hope I can contribute to the success of the program in the future."
Chasteen has played soccer for Watauga all four years of high school. He played junior varsity for one year, then varsity for three years. Although Chasteen is signing his letter of intent as a goalie, he played forward for most of his life.
When the team was in need of a goalie, Chasteen gave it a chance and became a great asset for the team. "I love being in the goal, it is a whole different experience than playing on the field," Chasteen said.
Chasteen anchored a Watauga defense that allowed just 16 goals all season during 2013. The Pioneers, who finished 16-5-1 overall, 9-4-1 in the NWC, did not allow more than two goals in any game this season.
The Pioneers, who won their first 12 games in 2013, reached the state 4-A playoffs, but lost 2-1 to Mooresville in the first round.
He says some of his favorite moments playing soccer have been with his teammates in the locker room and on the bus. The entire Watauga boys soccer team was there to support Chasteen as he signed to play for App State.
Chasteen was All-State, All-Region and All-Northwestern Conference his junior year and All-Region and All-Conference this year. He has also been invited to play in the Clash of the Carolinas match this summer at Daniel Island, S.C.
Chasteen is one of two keepers that will be playing for the North Carolina team in the Clash of the Carolinas match. He also is keeping in shape for the upcoming season by playing for the Greensboro Fusion Premier team.