Pioneers' girls' soccer team falls to Reynolds 2-0
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
There was a time in Watauga's 2-0 loss to A.C. Reynolds in the second round of the state 4-A girls' soccer playoffs when things went terribly wrong.
That time was a 33-second period when A.C. Reynolds scored the only two goals of the game. The rest of the game turned out to be pretty even with both teams creating numerous scoring chances, but failing to follow through with goals.
Watauga (9-9-3) saw its season come to a close on a Saturday night that avoided a rainstorm. The Pioneers lost to the same team that beat them 7-1 in the first game of the season.
"I asked the girls before the game just to battle and just to have heart," Pioneers coach Brittany Bolick said. "I wanted them to walk off the field and be proud regardless of the score. I think they were able to do that tonight."
A.C. Reynolds (17-3-1) scored two goals within 33 seconds of each other. The Rockets' Zoey Lewis scored the first goal with 31:20 left in the first half to put Reynolds in front 1-0.
Ashlyn Perkins added an insurance goal at the 30:47 mark to double the Rockets' lead to 2-0. A.C. Reynolds got five more shots on goal, and 10 more shots at Watauga goal keeper Heather Ostwalt, but could not find the back of the net.
Ostwalt made a nice save on a shot with 17 minutes left in the first half.
"Unfortunately it took us a few minutes to figure out our defensive situation and great teams capitalize on mistakes, and that's a great team," Bolick said of A.C. Reynolds. "But then we figured it out. Overall, that's the best game I've seen our girls play this year and probably the best I've seen a Watauga team play in the three years I've been here."
Watauga's problem was it did not get a lot of solid chances to score goals in the first half. The Pioneers came closest when Tori Derrick directed a rebound off a direct kick, but it went wide with seven minutes left in the game.
Watauga finished with 10 overall shots, three of them being on goal.