Watauga boys' soccer team edges Foard
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Watauga's boys' soccer team needed 92 minutes to score a goal against Fred T. Foard Wednesday night. Foard couldn't score one in 100 minutes.
Watauga got the only goal of the game from Logan Raichle in the second overtime period of its 1-0 victory over the Tigers at foggy Jack Groce Stadium. Raichle took a pass from Cam Newton, worked away from a defender, and slipped the ball into the goal.
"I got a great ball from Cam," Raichle said. "I was wide open in the middle of the field and I got the first touch and finished it."
It was Watauga's first overtime game of the season. The Pioneers, after losing 1-0 to St. Stephens on Monday, stayed in a tie for first place in the Northwestern Conference standings with a 12-1-0 overall record, 5-1 in the NWC.
The Pioneers take on Freedom Monday night, which will finish Watauga's first rotation through the nonconference schedule. Watauga is at home for five of the seven games it plays in the second NWC rotation.
Foard slipped to 8-5-2, 4-2-0 in the NWC.
After an even first half, Watauga changed tactics in the second half to put more pressure on the Foard goal. Watauga had several shots at the Tigers goal, but could not get any into the goal.
Foard would respond on occasion with a counter attack but Watauga's defense kept the Tigers from getting any significant shots at the Pioneers' goal.
"In the first half, the two teams played fairly evenly," Watauga coach Woody McKay said. "In the second half, we were playing better. There were a couple of calls and emotions got high and so we changed our lineup with three guys up high. From then on, I thought we just dominated."
Watauga's offense possessed the ball in the second half, which helped the team's defense kept the Tigers away from Watauga keeper Jake Chasteen. The Pioneers' keeper was never seriously challenged by the Foard offense except for a shot in the first half that Chasteen easily handled.
"I was happy about that," Chasteen said. "I made a few saves and came out on a few balls, but overall I think we played solid defense. We held the possession up top and that helped a lot."
The Pioneers are in a deadlock with Freedom for first place in the NWC. Freedom (10-1-0, 5-1-0) beat Hickory 3-0 on Wednesday. St Stephens (9-3-2, 4-1-1), which also beat Freedom this season, beat Hibriten 3-1 on Wednesday.
Watauga's game with Freedom will be played at the Catawba River Soccer Complex.