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Originally published: 2013-09-28 12:54:36
Last modified: 2013-09-28 12:55:20

WHS soccer team takes on Freedom

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Watauga's soccer team faces it's third straight opponent with first place in the Northwestern Conference on the line Monday when the Pioneers play at Freedom.

Watauga (12-1-0, 5-1-0 NWC) takes on Freedom (10-1-0, 5-1) at the Catawba River Soccer Complex looking to stay in first place in the NWC. The Pioneers are 1-1 in games involving battles for first place after losing 1-0 at St. Stephens on Sept. 23, but beating Fred T. Foard 1-0 two days later.

Watauga got a goal from Logan Raichle in its victory over Foard. Raichle took a pass from Cam Linville in the second half for the game winner after the Pioneers put plenty of pressure on the Foard defense most of the half.

From there, the Pioneers put the game in the hands of their defense, which picked up its sixth shutout of the season. Watauga's defense has allowed two goals just once in 12 games, that coming in a 4-2 victory over West Caldwell on Aug. 28.

Freedom has scored 11 goals in its last three games combined. The Patriots beat Foard 6-2 on Sept. 23 and followed with a 3-0 win over Hickory two days later. They also beat Patton 2-1 on Sept. 18.

Watauga starts the second rotation of the NWC slate Wednesday at home against Hibriten. The Pioneers play five of their next eight conference games at Jack Groce Stadium.