Parsons' goal gives Watauga a 1-0 win over West Forsyth
by Staff Reports
CLEMMONS — Watauga’s soccer team scratched out a 1-0 victory over West Forsyth a in nonconference game Monday.
The victory left the Pioneers with a 10-1-1 record, and came on the heels of two previous victories the previous week over Fred T. Foard and Hickory. Both of those teams are ranked by the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association.
Watauga’s Alex Parsons scored the game-winner against West Forsyth when he took a pass from Cam Linville and scored a goal from the right side. Parsons scored two goals against Hickory and a goal against Foard last week, and then capped his week by kicking a winning field goal against Foard in football on Friday night.
Watauga was starting to put pressure on the West Forsyth goals, but shots by Tucker Chasteen and Parsons were saved. Chasteen and Justin Hall later fired shots at the West Forsyth goal, only to see them be saved.
Parsons scored his foal at the 22nd minute mark of the second half.
Watauga plays at NWC rival Alexander Central on Wednesday.
CLEMMONS — Watauga settled for a 1-1 tie with West Forsyth Monday.
After a scoreless first half, Watauga’s Powell Glidewell was fouled at the 12-minute mark of the second half. Dillon Hill scored on the ensuing penalty kick to give the Pioneers a 1-0 lead.
West Forsyth tied the game 10 minutes later on a cross into the right side of the goal.
WEST JEFFERSON — Watauga’s boys’ cross-country team won the Ashe County High School Meet held Monday by finishing with 22 points. Ashe County finished with 35.
Watauga’s Will Vandenberg won the event with a time of 18 minutes, 55 seconds. Dylan Lewis was second with a 19:03.2 and freshman Joe Wiswell was third with a 19:10.5.
Ashe County’s Jonathan Nichols was fourth, followed by teammates Andrew Tedder and Gareth Berry. Watauga’s Justin Reagan was eighth and Caleb Zimmerman was 10th.
In the girls’ race, Ashe County rolled to an easy victory by capturing the top five positions and finishing with 15 points.
Watauga, which did not bring its elite runners, grabbed the next five positions and finished with 40 points.
Four of the five top Watauga finishers were freshmen, while the other — seventh-place Addie McLure — is a sophomore. Sophie Sloboda was sixth, followed by McLure, Gracing Bowling, Lauren Welsh and Savanna Randle closed out the Top 10.