St. Stephens girls' soccer team beats WHS
by Staff Reports
Watauga's girls' soccer team fell 6-3 to first-place St. Stephens Tuesday night at Jack Groce Stadium.
St. Stephens, ranked No. 4 in the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association 3-A poll, clinched the Northwestern Conference championship. The Indians improved to 20-1-2 overall, 12-0-1 by scoring four straight goals to take a 5-1 lead.
The Pioneers (13-4-3 8-4-1 NWC) got off to a fast start when Sierra Hill scored a goal just two minutes into the game.
St. Stephens struck back with one goal by Alex Roarke a minute after Hill scored her goal. Olivia Holmes score the Indians' next three goals within 16 minutes of each other to claim a 4-1 lead with 16 minutes left in the first half,
Watauga's Tristin Derrick countered with a goal two minutes later to bring the Pioneers to within 4-2, which stuck until halftime.
Watauga's Mac Utter made it a one-goal game with a goal from 20 yards out to bring the Pioneers to 4-3 with 33 minutes left in the game.
That would be as close as Watauga would get. St. Stephens scored two quick goals at the 63rd and 64th minute marks of the game to go up 6-3.
Watauga's junior varsity girls' soccer team got a second-half goal from Ellie Godfried to claim a 1-0 victory over St. Stephens.