Hickory trips WHS boys' soccer team
by Staff Reports
That record stayed intact when Hickory claimed a 2-1 victory over Watauga Wednesday night. Watauga (14-2-1, 7-2-1 NWC), ranked No. 6 by the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association, has beaten Hickory in Boone in the past two seasons.
But winning in Hickory has been a problem. On Wednesday, the Pioneers fell behind 2-0 before final scoring on a Justin Hall goal with six minutes left in the game.
"They came out and had a penalty kick in the first couple of minutes that Jake Chasteen blocked, but they had a breakthrough along the back line for a goal," Watauga coach Woody McKay aid. "Then they added another goal and went up 2-0 by halftime."
The second goal was caused partly because of a bump on the Hickory field. A ball was passed back to Chasteen, who was going to stop the ball with his foot. But the ball skipped over his foot and went into the back of the Watauga net for a goal.
McKay said that since the Red Tornadoes blew an excellent chance to score a goal on the penalty kick that Chasteen blocks, the second goal Hickory scored evened things out.
"You've got to give credit to Hickory," McKay said. "I think 2-1 was a fair score. Jake blocked the PK, but one of their goals shouldn't have happened either."
Logan Raichle assisted Hall on his goal.
Watauga hosts South Caldwell on Oct. 14 and St. Stephens two days later. Watauga plays three of its final four games at home, including the season finale against Freedom on Oct. 23.