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The Fred T. Foard Tigers found themselves in a familiar position Wednesday â€”Â needing a goal to win a match. They got that crucial goal from Jason Smith in the closing minutes of a conference match at home against the Watauga Pioneers.
The game-winning goal was Smithâ€™s second of the night and gave the Tigers a 2-1 victory at home. Smith scored the Tigersâ€™ first goal of the night in the 22nd minute on a shot seven yards outside the penalty box.
â€śWe got the big plays out of him tonight, but his teammates did a great job of getting him the ball,â€ť Foard coach Scottie Goforth said. â€śItâ€™s just Jason was able to break free on two occasions and get a goal.â€ť
Nick Bolick earned the assist on Smithâ€™s first goal of the night, and Chris Finley assisted on the second goal. Watauga tied the game at 1 with a goal 2 minutes into the second half.
â€śThey put one in quick, and we did what he had to do to rally,â€ť Goforth said.
With Wednesdayâ€™s win, the Tigers are now 3-1-0 against the Northwestern 3-A/4-A and remain in the hunt for a conference title â€” trailing first-place Hickory by a half game. Watauga dropped to 1-1-1 in conference play.
The Tigers play at South Caldwell on Monday, and they are at home Wednesday against No. 12 Hibriten.
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