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Originally published: 2013-10-23 13:19:01
Last modified: 2013-10-23 13:19:01

WHS boys' soccer team takes on Freedom

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Before the weekend began, Watauga's boys' soccer team was clinging to the hope that it could still win the Northwestern Conference championship.
The Pioneers saw those hope disappear Monday night with a 1-0 loss to Fred T. Foard, who seized the championship with its victory.
Foard takes a 14-5-2 overall record, 10-2-1 league mark into its game tonight at last-place Hibriten. Foard needs to beat Hibriten (4-15-2, 1-11-1) to clinch the regular season league title.
Freedom, Watauga's opponent tonight at 6:30 at Jack Groce Stadium, has an outside chance at sharing the title with Foard. The Patriots (14-2-2, 9-2-2) needs to beat Watauga and hope that Hibriten ties or beats Foard.
Freedom significantly hurt its chances at a time with a 3-2 loss to Hickory on Monday.
"It is possible for Freedom to finish ahead of Foard if Foard loses or ties Hibriten," Watauga coach Woody McKay said. "I don't think Foard is going to do that."
Watauga (15-4-1, 8-4-1) was tied with Foard until five minutes left in the game when the Tigers put a goal on the scoreboard to win the game. Watauga had its chances to score goals, but could not get a close shot at the Foard goal.
"We had a fair number of chances," McKay said. "We had corner kicks and headers and shots. We didn't have any point black, how-could-we-possibly-miss-that shots. They're goalie had to make some good saves, but sometimes when it seems easy, it seems impossible."