WHS boys' soccer team clubs Ashe 4-0
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Watauga's boys' soccer coach Woody McKay feels that Logan Raichle could be the best player in the Northwestern Conference this season.
Raichle helped make McKay's case by being involved in three of Watauga four goals in the Pioneers' 4-0 victory over Ashe at Jack Groce Stadium Monday night. Raichle scored two goals and dished out an assist on Watauga's first three goals of the game.
"If he stays healthy, I think he's the best player in the conference," McKay said. "He'll be setting things up and scoring all season. He'll be double teamed and he'll still be a handful."
Raichle got the Pioneers on the scoreboard by scoring on a direct kick from about 20 yards from the goal. Raichle scored 14 minutes into the game.
Raichle picked up an assist on the Pioneers' next goal. With 10 minutes left in the first half, Raichle found Tucker Chasteen, who scored the first of his two goals.
The Pioneers closed out the scoring in the first half when Justin Hall found Raichle, who scored with seven minutes left in the first half. Watauga took a 3-0 lead into halftime.
"That allowed us to try a different formation with three players in the back and some guys in different positions," McKay said. "Everybody got to play at least 20 minutes tonight. It's a nice rivalry because we play club ball with these guys."
Chasteen scored his second goal with 20:38 left in the game when he headed in a throw-in from Cam Linville. Chasteen headed the ball from eight yards out.
Watauga had two shots in the second half that both hit the goal posts. One of them came with just 30 seconds left.
Ashe lost to Watauga 2-1 in 2012, but went on to win 21 games and tie another before falling in the playoff.
"After they lost to us, the put together a 21-1-1 season, which was fabulous," McKay said. "We were playing on our surface at home, which was to our advantage. We play them on their surface on grass and the short field, it will be a tighter game."
Ashe County hosts Avery on Wednesday, while Watauga plays its next three games on the road. The Pioneers play at McDowell on Wednesday.