Pioneers club Hibriten 7-0
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
It's rare, but possible, that a prep boys' soccer player can score a hat trick in a game. It's even more rare when two players score three goals each.
Watauga's Tucker Chasteen and Logan Raichle did just that in the Pioneers 7-0 pasting of Northwestern Conference rival Hibriten Wednesday at Jack Groce Stadium. Watauga started the game by scoring five goals in the first 13 minutes -- three by Chasteen and two by Raichle, who added his third goal late in the game.
Watauga (13-1-1, 6-1-1 NWC), which beat Hibriten 2-0 in Lenoir earlier in the season, caught the Panthers missing several players. The Panthers had to call several players up from the junior varsity to the varsity level, which left them shorthanded in the jayvee game. That gave was shortened to 30 minutes and no score was kept.
"Hibriten has had a lot of injuries and they had to move up a lot of guys from the jayvees," Watauga coach Woody McKay said. "They're winless in the conference and then if they come up here on our turf when we're playing well, it's not close."
That was certainly the case Wednesday. Chasteen scored his first goal five minutes into the game, and scored his second goal three minutes later.
Raichle, who assisted on Chasteen's first goal, scored his first goal 11 minutes into the game. Two minutes later, Chasteen had his hat trick with an assist from Cam Linville, who assisted Chasteen on his second goal.
Linville finished the game with four assists.
McKay said the Pioneers moved three attackers to the front line with four players in support and three along the back line to give the offense more push. It paid off in the first half after Raichle scored his second goal and gave the Pioneers a 5-0 lead they would take into halftime.
"We've been working on our attack and movement and our defense has been solid for a while," McKay said. "It was nice for the defense to puck up another shutout. We started out in an attacking formation with three guys up top."
Watauga has still yet to allow more than two goals in any game this season except for one. The Pioneers have shut out eight teams in 13 victories this season.
The Pioneers used three goalkeepers -- Jake Chasteen, James Stanley and Will Spinetto -- to pick up the shutout. The Pioneers' defense did not let the Panthers (3-13-1, 0-9-0) close enough with the ball to put the goalkeepers in any position to have to make a spectacular save.
Jake Chasteen showed his versatility when he a goal while playing offense for the Pioneers Wednesday. His goal game them a 6-0 lead with 18 minutes left in the game.
Raichle scored his third goal with 4:45 left on the clock in the game.
"The other two goalkeepers are juniors who are waiting for Jake to graduate," McKay said. "Will Spinetto has quite good hands and works hard at goalkeeping, but is also one of my first guys off the bench on defense. James Stanley is more pure goalkeeper and is playing in the field just for fun, kind of like Jake did late in the game."
Watauga hosts Patton on Oct. 7 and plays at Hickory on Oct. 9.