Watauga puts nine student-athletes on NWC All-Conference list in Women’s Soccer

Watauga puts nine student-athletes on NWC All-Conference list in Women’s Soccer
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Head coach Chris Tarnowski, left, described his six seniors as “anchors” to the high octane performance of the 2019 edition of Watauga women’s soccer. L-R: Kat Horne (5), Sadye Franklin (4), Lindsey Fletcher (10), Lilly Kamp (9), Jo Hill (19), and Cailey Haas (GK)

By David Rogers. May 17, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — They tied atop the regular season standings with identical 13-1 Northwestern Conference marks, so it is to be expected that Watauga and Hickory women’s soccer teams dominated the all-conference lists released Thursday evening.

COVER IMAGE: Andie Waugh (center) advances the ball downfield in third round action of the state tournament, vs. Northern Guilford. All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News.

A veteran backline was one of the Pioneer strengths this season. Combined with often spectacular saves by senior goalkeeper Cailey Haas, especially when facing higher levels of competition through the first three rounds of the North Carolina state championship tournament, Watauga’s defensive efforts allowed only 21 goals on the season vs. 110 scored by the team’s attacking efforts. So not surprisingly, all four of Watauga’s senior defenders were recognized with post-season honors. Overall, the Pioneers had nine student-athletes selected, including

  • Shaelyn Sheaff (Sophomore, Forward)
  • Jo Hill (Senior, Defender)
  • Katherine Horne (Senior, Defender)
  • Sadye Franklin (Senior, Defender)
  • Lily Suyao (Junior, Midfielder) — named NWC Offensive Player of the Year
  • Andie Waugh (Junior, Midfielder)
  • Bailey Whitehead-Price (Junior, Forward)
  • Ella Brown (Junior, Midfielder)
  • Lillian Kamp (Senior, Defender)
Speedster Bailey Whitehead-Price (14) won all-conference honors as a forward

The other NWC teams with players recognized:


  • Jess LaFrancis
  • Lauren Hayes — NWC Defensive Player of the Year
  • Izzi Wood — NWC Player of the Year
  • Sarah Harding
  • Amy Herfurth
  • Ayden Vaughan
  • Kara Byrd
  • Brooke Rowland
  • Carolina Moore
  • Elizabeth Betancourt
  • Brian Jillings — NWC Coach of the Year

St. Stephens

  • Natalia Alverez
  • Olivia Beane
  • Makayla Stafford
  • Sarah Atwood
  • Nicole Hicks

South Caldwell

  • Lily Suyao (17) gets to the ball first, late in third round action vs. Northern Guilford

    Taylor Austin

  • Brooklynn Everhart
  • Sophie van de Klashort


  • Riley Carswell
  • Keyla Perez-Rodriguez
  • Blaikley Crooks

Alexander Central

  • Caroline Erkman


  • Lyric Fletcher

West Caldwell

  • Elizabeth Sherwood


About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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