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Originally published: 2013-08-31 16:18:47
Last modified: 2013-08-31 16:19:31

Watauga beats A.C. Reynolds 2-0 in boys' soccer

by Staff Reports

Watauga boys' soccer coach Woody McKay felt that if there was one team that was going to give the Pioneers an idea of what it might be like to play Northwestern Conference powers St. Stephens and Hickory, it would be A.C. Reynolds.
The Pioneers ended up passing their midterm exam Friday by beating A.C. Reynolds 2-0 at Jack Groce Stadium. Watauga (6-0) stayed unbeaten and handed the Rockets (5-1) their first loss of the season.
McKay said the win didn't exactly mean the Pioneers would emerge as NWC champions, but felt the Pioneers could compete with St. Stephens and Hickory, the two favorites to win the conference title.
"I don't know if we're as St. Stephens or Hickory, but we should be better than everybody else and I think we can give (St. Stephens and Hickory) a run for their money," McKay said.
Watauga clung to a 1-0 lead for most of the game after Logan Raichle scored the first goal of the game at the 25-minute mark of the first half. Raichle took a short pass from Justin Hall, dribbled the ball around a couple of Rockets and finished the play with a goal.
The Pioneers put the game into the hands of their defense, which picked up its third shutout of the season. Jake Chasteen, who has allowed just three goals all season, made some key saves to preserve Watauga's lead.
"He made several big saves," McKay said. "He made some saves where he had to be physical."
Tucker Chasteen put the game away for good with a goal with two minutes left in the second half. Chasteen took an assist from Raichle and drilled a hard-hit shot from 25 yards out to score his 12th goal of the season.
Watauga, already missing Nick Kellner because of a broken collarbone, had to play without Jacob Michael for much of the game after he injured his ankle during a collision.
Watauga plays again Thursday at Ashe.  The Pioneers start the NWC season Sept. 9 at Hibriten.