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Originally published: 2014-03-01 13:13:01
Last modified: 2014-03-01 16:53:36

WHS girls' soccer team settles for tie

by Staff Reports

TAYLORSVILLE -- Watauga girls' soccer coach Brittany Bolick liked how the Pioneers' first game of the season unfolded.

Watauga controlled the possession of the ball for most of the game, but could only manage a 1-1 tie with Alexander Central Friday night.

The Pioneers outshot Alexander Central 22-5, and had two shots hit the goal posts.

"I'm trying to get us to learn how to score," Watauga coach Brittany Bolick said. "We relied on Kendall Baird two years ago and Hannah Younger last year, so we need someone to step up this year. But, I am encouraged with what I saw last night."

Tori Derrick scored the Pioneers' lone goal of the game in the 30th minute of the first half. Derrick took a crossing pass from Sierra Hill and slipped it in the Cougars' goal to give the Pioneers a 1-0 lead.

Watauga got a lift from goal keeper Heather Ostwalt, who made a critical save by tipping a shot over the crossbar to keep the Pioneers in front. Alexander Central tied the game inside the final minute when what Bolick called "a miscommunication" led to a Cougars goal.

"We outshot them 22-5, but couldn't find a way to put it in the back of the net," Bolick said.

Watauga plays in the Freedom Invitational March 3-6. The Pioneers open the tournament against border rival Wilkes Central, which is coached by former Watauga coach Uwe Ehrlich, at 7 p.m. Monday.

The games will be played at Catawba Valley Soccer Complex in Morganton. The complex is where Freedom, the tournament's host, plays its home games.