Watauga's girls' soccer team wins two
by Staff Reports
Watauga girls' soccer coach Brittany Bolick was looking for a few players to not only create some scoring opportunities, but to actually put the ball in the back of the net.
Tori Derrick seems to be that player.
Derrick scored three goals in Watauga's 4-0 victory over McDowell Wednesday in the Freedom Invitational Tournament at Catawba Valley Soccer Complex.
One day earlier, Derrick had a goal in the Pioneers' 3-0 win over Wilkes Central in the Pioneers' first game of the tournament.
Derrick had some help in the win over McDowell from a familiar source. Her younger sister, Tristin Derrick, assisted on Tori's first two goals.
"With the group of Tristin and Tori's combination play and their movement off the ball was beautiful to watch," Bolick said. "The way they set up plays was impressive."
Tori Derrick added a third goal on an assist from Abby Carson. Emily Goodnight scored on a rebound from a Kat Welsh shot late in the game.
Bolick initially thought Welsh scored on her shot but the attempt was saved by McDowell's keeper. Goodnight was able to get to the ball and put it in the goal.
"It was a great (pass) in," Bolick said. "I thought Kat scored it when the whistle blue, but the keeper made a save and Goodnight was able to put it in for the goal."
Tori Derrick gave the Pioneers a 1-0 lead when she took a crossing pass from Tristin Derrick at the 17th minute of the first half. The Pioneers took that lead into halftime.
The two sisters combined for Watauga's second goal eight minutes into the second half on another crossing pass. Welsh got that scoring opportunity started with a pass to Tristin Derrick, who got the ball to Tori Derrick.
Abby Carson assisted Tori Derrick on her third goal four minutes later.
Bolick knows that the Pioneers are not going to score a goal on every shot, but would like to see them cash in on a few more opportunities.
"We had 30-some shots and we were able to finish on four,"
Bolick said. "We're not going to finish on every shot, but we're playing extremely
well as a team. Our tactical play has been excellent in games we've played. We
just need to find the back of the net more, and we're starting to do that."
The Pioneers did it three times in their 3-0 win over Wilkes Central. Tori Derrick scored first on an assist from Brynne Gould.
Kassandra Alvarez added a goal on an assist by Tori Derrick, and Welsh scored on a goal on an assist from Tristin Derrick.
Watauga takes on West Caldwell, a 1-0 winner over Freedom in the semifinals, at 5 p.m. today.
"They look like they are a direct team," Bolick said. "They're physical and they beat Freedom 1-0, so I don't know how we'll match up with them."