Strong second half lifts Pioneers over Huskies


By Nathan Ham - [email protected]



Chance Hutchens (23) battles for possession during the first half of Thursday’s game against Watauga.


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Shawn McKiddy (12) heads the ball away.


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WEST JEFFERSON — Watauga exploded for three second-half tallies on Thursday night to avenge an early season loss to the Huskies.

The Pioneers scored three goals over a 13-minute stretch to take a 4-1 victory back to Boone.

It was the Huskies that had the best scoring chances of the game early on.

Mason Calloway nearly headed home a corner kick in the sixth minute but the shot was stopped by the Watauga keeper.

In the 22nd minute, Josh Brettschneider fired a free kick towards the net but yet again, the shot was stopped.

Two minutes later, Ashe had another great scoring chance on another set piece, but Dante Shuler’s header was just wide to the left of an empty corner of the net.

Watauga scored first in the 31st minute with a strike from Sam Gagnon that got by Ashe goalie Reagan Reynolds.

The Huskies had the equalizer just two minutes later. Shuler’s fantastic throw in from the sideline was met by a header in mid-air from striker Erik Barcenas.

Barcenas almost gave Ashe the lead in the 37th minute on a header attempt off of a corner kick, but instead the two teams had to settle for a 1-1 tie at the half.

In the second half, things fell apart for the Huskies.

Chase Palm scored just four minutes into the second half for the Pioneers. Watauga added on with a long free kick goal from beyond midfield by Nick Kellner in the 54th minute.

The final tally came in the 57th minute off of a boot from Sam Marlett to make it a 4-1 contest.

This was Ashe’s third loss in a row.

The Huskies (2-4) will host Elkin (1-5) on Wednesday.

Watauga (3-2-1) will travel to Morganton to face Patton High School on Wednesday.

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87

Chance Hutchens (23) battles for possession during the first half of Thursday’s game against Watauga.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Chance-Hutchens-vs-Watauga.jpgChance Hutchens (23) battles for possession during the first half of Thursday’s game against Watauga. Nathan Ham | Jefferson Post

Shawn McKiddy (12) heads the ball away.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Shawn-McKiddy-vs-Watauga.jpgShawn McKiddy (12) heads the ball away. Nathan Ham | Jefferson Post

By Nathan Ham

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