WHS boys' soccer team blanks Patton 3-0
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Watauga's boys' soccer team may not be the team others in the Northwestern Conference wants to face, especially at Jack Groce Stadium.
The No. 6-ranked Pioneers beat Patton 3-0 Monday on the first chilly night of the season. Watauga goalkeeper Jake Chasteen was credited with his eighth shutout in the Pioneers' 16 games this season.
No team has scored more than two goals on the Pioneers (14-1-1, 7-1-1 NWC) in any game this season. Only one team, West Caldwell, has scored two, but that was in a 4-2 Watauga victory on Aug. 26.
Against Patton (6-8-1, 3-5-1), Watauga got two goals from Justin Hall and another from Logan Raichle, who also had two assists. Hall's first goal, which he scored in the first half, was assisted by Raichle.
Raichle scored his goal with 14:20 left in the first half on an assist from Tucker Chasteen, which gave the Pioneers a 2-0 halftime lead.
"Being at home helped us and we again, had more of an attacking lineup," Pioneers coach Woody McKay said. "That served us well in the first half. We were able to pick up a couple of goals."
Hall picked up his second goal five minutes into the second half after taking a pass from Raichle from the left flank and slipping the ball into the Patton goal.
Raichle dribbled the ball past three defenders down the left side of the field before centering the ball to Hall, who was wide open in front of the Patton goal.
"They're not a bad team," McKay said. "They're barely below .500 and they have not lost a game by more than one goal before tonight. What we tried to do, of course win, but was try to win by more than one goal to kind of set ourselves apart."
Watauga spent the rest of the game still attacking, but also out possessing the Panthers. Watauga kept up a meticulous attack on the Patton defense, but could not stick the ball back in the Panthers' goal.
"Even when the guys off the bench went in, they caused trouble, which is encouraging," McKay said.
Watauga faces an improving Hickory team the Pioneers beat 4-1 at Jack Groce Stadium on Sept. 16. Hickory goes into the game with a 6-6-4 overall record, 3-3-2 in the NWC.
The Red Tornadoes won their last two matches going into their game at Fred T. Foard Monday night. They beat South Caldwell 4-1 and St. Stephens, the only NWC team to beat Watauga this season, 2-1 on Oct. 2.
The Pioneers have not beaten the Red Tornadoes in Hickory since McKay took over as coach in 2010. Watauga lost 3-2 at Hickory in 2012, 1-0 in 2011 and 4-1 in 2010.
Watauga beat the Red Tornadoes at Jack Groce Stadium 3-1 in 2012.
"The JVs have won their before, but in the four years I've been here, we've gone down there and played some close games," McKay said. "Even though Hickory is in the middle with Patton it's still a tough win for us. They're well coached and they're improved."