Watauga' girls' soccer team beats South Caldwell
by Staff Reports
Sierra Hill scored a goal just three minutes into Watauga's 3-0 victory over the Spartans in a key Northwestern Conference showdown Friday night.
Watauga (13-3-3, 8-3-0 NWC) tied its series 1-1 with South Caldwell (9-9-1, 3-7-1) after the Spartans won the first game 1-0 in April. Watauga claimed the NWC's No. 1 seed in the state 4-A playoffs, which gives them a home game once the regular season is over.
"We possessed the ball really well," Watauga coach Brittany Bolick said. "We took advantage of our chances on goal. I felt like we dominated the game. It's nice to come away with a win when you feel like you are playing the best."
Hill's goal was the only goal scored in the first half. Abby Carson scored a goal six minutes into the second half off an assist from Tristin Derrick.
Eight minutes later, Hill scored again, this time with an assist from Brynne Gould. Hill's second goal gave the Pioneers a 3-0 lead.
"She has really worked hard and hustled a lot getting herself in good position," Bolick said of Hill. "She's been playing extremely well all year. She found a way to score. She's someone who the girls rely on and look up to. She scores beautiful goals and a lot of it is her unwillingness to quit."
Watauga, which lost 1-0 at Hickory on Thursday, returns to its NWC schedule Tuesday at home against first-place St. Stephens.
The Indians, ranked No. 4 in 3-A, is 19-1-2 overall and 11-0-1 in the NWC.
St. Stephens beat Watauga 3-0 on April 3, but Watauga was missing Kat Welsh to injury and Hill to a volleyball tournament.
Watauga plays a nonconference game at Ashe County on Thursday and closes out its season at Fred T. Foard on Friday.
Bolick said St. Stephens is particularly good in the midfield and can create problems.
"They've had a great season so far," Bolick said. "They're well organized, they have good leadership in the middle. I'm excited to be playing them at home. We'll have Kat Welsh back and Sierra Hill missed the game as well. Having them back will make a big difference."