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Vikings goalkeeper Alex Magner and defender Carson Williams stave off a Watauga scoring
attack in last week's non-conference soccer match. Photo by Skip Sickler

Originally published: 2013-08-29 17:20:07
Last modified: 2013-08-29 17:20:51

Avery men's soccer wins home opener

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Avery High School men's soccer opened its 2013 regular with three matches on three consecutive nights.

On Wednesday, Aug. 21, the Vikings traveled to Jefferson to take on Ashe County. Ashe built a 3-0 halftime advantage, but Avery continue to play with resilience, outscoring Ashe 3-2 in the second half in suffering a 5-3 defeat.

"Ashe is a highly skilled and physical team. They play a very tough and rugged brand of soccer with a fast pace. Their shots were from point-blank range, and they were simply hard to defend," AHS head soccer coach Bruce Daniels said. "Our guys kept their heads up and we scored very late in the game, which showed they were still trying. It was really difficult for us to open the season with that caliber of team and that physical a club when you aren't accustomed to it yet. We're battling some nagging leg injuries that have carried over from preseason training, and some of our key players are dealing with that."

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