Watauga's boys' soccer team blanks Hibriten
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
LENOIR -- Watauga's Tucker Chasteen has scored in every game the Pioneers have played this season before Monday night's showdown at Hibriten.
Watauga was 7-0 in those games. Chasteen did not score in Watauga's 2-0 victory over Hibriten Monday night, but the Pioneers stayed unbeaten at 8-0 overall, 1-0 in the Northwestern Conference.
"We got a win, on grass, away from home and nobody got hurt," Pioneers coach Woody McKay said. "Which is key, because we're not terribly deep."
The Pioneers, ranked No. 4 in the North Carolina Soccer Coaches 4-A Poll, scored two goals in the first half, and then kept constant pressure on the Hibriten defense in the second. Watauga did not score any goals in the second half, but didn't allow Hibriten many chances to score goals of its own.
Logan Raichle made sure the Pioneers would not get shut out by scoring a goal in the first two minutes of the game. Raichle took a pass from Cam Linville and with his goal gave the Pioneers an early 1-0 lead.
"Logan did a tremendous job in the middle," McKay said. "He kept winning balls back, sometimes all by himself in the middle of the field. The defensive was solid. We had a few breakdowns on set plays like corner kicks, but it worked out in the end."
Watauga struck again late in the first half when Linville scored off a Chasteen assist.
The Pioneers had several other chances to score in the second half, but could not slip the ball in the goal. McKay would have liked to have a third goal since a 2-0 lead is not always safe.
"I would like to have a little more cushion than two goals," McKay said. "They say that's the most dangerous lead because you think you've got them and you don't really. That third goal makes a huge difference, because there's a big difference between 3-0 and 2-1."
Watauga's junior varsity team beat Hibriten 5-0.
Watauga plays at Patton, a NWC newcomer, Thursday.