WHS boys' soccer team reaches fourth round
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
The Pioneers have given up just one goal in three state 4-A playoff games this season. They’ll play T.C. Roberson in the fourth round at 6 p.m. Saturday at Jack Groce Stadium.
The Pioneers (17-3-3) took a 1-0 halftime lead on Hough (13-6-2) when Logan Raichle took a pass from Alex Parsons and chipped it past the Hough keeper 19 minutes into the match.
Parsons got the second goal when he pounded a direct kick into the back corner of the Hough goal with 20 minutes left in the game.
“It was a pretty businesslike game,” Pioneers coach Woody McKay said. “We didn’t have to change the lineups or anything like that. They didn’t have a last-minute flurry. They had some good chances and good offensive players, but they could not get through.”
Few teams have gotten past Watauga’s defense. The Pioneers have allowed more than two goals in a game just once — in a 3-2 loss to Hickory on Oct. 8. The Pioneers’ stingy defense has helped them win six of their last seven games.
Watauga faces T.C. Roberson, a winner over North Mecklenburg Wednesday night. Roberson, the champion of the Mountain Athletic League, is 22-2 this season.
The Rams also went 12-0 in the MWC, including a sweep of A.C. Reynolds, Watauga’s second-round playoff opponent.
Roberson beat Matthews Butler 5-1 in the first round of the playoffs, and Porter Ridge 3-2 in the second round. McKay does not know much about Roberson except the Rams have an excellent record, and that they lost 3-0 to Hickory on Oct. 13.
“They have a gaudy record, but one of those losses was to Hickory,” McKay said.