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Watauga District Girls Soccer drops season opener to East Lincoln, 5-0

By David Rogers. BOONE, N.C. — A middle school goalkeeper defending the same size net used by soccer professionals is a daunting task, to begin with. And on a penalty kick? The challenge is even greater.

So chalk one up to a tremendous effort by Watauga Middle School District girls soccer goalkeeper Breanna Martin on Feb. 24. Barely two minutes into Watauga’s season opener, Martin read East Lincoln striker Ally Stewart’s intentions on a penalty kick, made a split second decision, dove to her left and was able to get her fingertips on Stewart’s well-struck ball aimed just inside the goalpost. A high school, college or professional goalkeeper may not have been able to do much more.

Watauga goalkeeper Breanna Martin got her fingertips on this well-struck penalty kick by East Lincoln’s Ally Stewart, barely two minutes into the teams’ season opener at Jack Groce Stadium. Photographic image by David Rogers

It may not have been the preferred outcome, but Watauga’s season opener was a good beginning. On the surface, the 5-0 loss to East Lincoln was a disappointment. And yet, after giving up four goals in the opening half and making the necessary adjustments at intermission to allow only a single ball to find the back of the net in the second half speaks well of Watauga players and coaches alike.

BONUS PHOTOS

Watauga District Middle School midfielder Sophie Parker was offering a free haircut on this pass upfield against East Lincoln on Feb. 24, at Jack Groce Stadium. Photographic image by David Rogers
Addison Kidwell (15) fights for a Watauga ball against East Lincoln on Feb. 24, at Jack Groce Stadium. Photographic image by David Rogers
East Lincoln Middle School’s Stella Lubowicz (9) kicks off to start play in the season opener against Watauga at Jack Groce Stadium. That is Watauga’s Lindsey Wade (7) prepared to get in the action should the play come her way. Photographic image by David Rogers
Captured in the photo series just moments before the image shown in the top photo, East Lincoln’s Ally Stewart (21) is in full flight trying to stop Keatyn Wuest’s (19) clearing kick. Photographic image by David Rogers
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