By David Rogers. March 2, 2018. BOONE, NC – It was just a matter of time. West Wilkes’ goalkeeper bravely turned away early shots as Watauga’s offensive attack ratcheted up the pressure at Jack Groce Stadium, but when the Pioneers’ sophomore forward Lily Suyao scored her third goal just over 10 minutes gone in the first half, the scoring dam broke en route to a 9-0 rout over the Blackhawks.
All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News
At 9-0, the mercy rule was invoked and the game called barely 10 minutes into the second half, and nearly everyone was relieved as temperatures had dropped below freezing and a strong, blustery wind made it even colder.
West Wilkes was clearly outmatched on this night on almost every level, athletically, individual soccer skills, teamwork and fitness. The ball spent so little time in the Watauga defensive half of the field that some onlookers were taking bets as to when Pioneer goalkeeper Cailey Haas might break into solo wind sprints to keep warm.
First year head coach Goby Zayobi told Blowing Rock News afterwards, “The focus right now is just to get better. We have two more non-conference matches next week, so hopefully we will continue to get better.”
Although the Pioneers scrimmaged vs. Ashe County last week, Friday’s match against the Blackhawks was the first official game of the 2018 season after a road match at Grimsley High School in Greensboro was cancelled earlier in the week because of weather. Watauga plays two non-conference matches next week, at West Wilkes on Tuesday before playing at Ashe County on Thursday. The Pioneers open Northwestern Conference play on March 13th at home against South Caldwell.
- Lily Suyao – 3
- Emma Schneider – 2
- Briana Davidson – 1
- Shaelyn Sheaf – 1
- Chloe Walczack – 1
- Emma Kate Sevensky – 1