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Originally published: 2014-04-02 16:14:06
Last modified: 2014-04-02 16:17:35

South Caldwell surprises Watauga 1-0

by Staff Reports

In past years, Watauga's girls' soccer team didn't get much resistance from South Caldwell.

Sometimes, South Caldwell would put together a decent effort against the Pioneers. More often than not, Watauga would beat the Spartans in a rout.

South Caldwell turned the tables Tuesday night with a surprising 1-0 victory over the Pioneers. It was Watauga's first loss of the season.

"They've gotten better for sure," Watauga coach Brittany Bolick said. "Their new coach (Elliott Bridges) has done a great job with their girls."

Watauga (8-1-2, 2-1-0 NWC) was shut out for the first time all season. South Caldwell (8-5, 4-2) got a goal in the 18th minute of the first half, and then kept Watauga's offense from finishing on scoring opportunities.

Watauga's offense had some chances to score goals, but ran into a good goal keeper and some bad luck. Watauga saw two breakaway chances get stopped by South Caldwell, and two other shots hit the goal posts.

"We just didn't show up to play," Bolick said. "That's it short and simple. We didn't come prepared to play and when the game started, it was too late to get our mentality right."

Bolick liked that Watauga created some scoring chances, but was disappointed nothing developed into goals.

"We had a couple of corner kicks that were close, that were close and tight," Bolick said. "We were dangerous, but we couldn't find a way to put it in the back of the net and I think we started to panic a little bit."

Watauga kept its streak of not allowing more than two goals in a single game intact.

The Pioneers play at St. Stephens on Thursday.

WHS JUNIOR VARSITY
Watauga's junior varsity soccer team claimed a 4-1 victory over South Caldwell Tuesday night.

Four different Pioneers scored goals. Maddie Warren and Gracee Kleeberger both scored goals in the first half to give Watauga a 2-0 halftime lead.

After South Caldwell scored five minutes into the second half, Watauga got a goal five minutes later from Meghan Gottfried. Finley Collins added a goal two minutes later to give the Pioneers a 4-1 lead.