Warhorses season ends in third round of state playoffs

Fred McCormick
Black Mountain News

During the 2017 soccer season, losses were few and far between for Owen High's team. 

In fact, until the Warhorses were knocked out of the third round of the state playoffs by number 1 seed Newton-Conover Nov. 8, they had only lost one game since the end of September. 

Head coach David Fiest guided the Warhorses to a conference championship, with his team posting a 10-0 record against Western Highlands Conference foes. Owen outscored the other five teams in the conference 40-6.  

The team earned a number 8 seed in the N.C. High School Athletic Association state playoffs and hosted Franklin in the opening round. The Warhorses blanked the Panthers, 1-0, before hosting Forest Hills three days later and coming out on top, 3-0. 

Warhorse head coach David Fiest huddles with his team during halftime of an opening round playoff victory at home against Franklin on Nov. 1.

The season ended for Owen when they went on the road to face Newton-Conover, a team that came into the match with a 23-0-2 record. 

The Red Devils got on the board early against the Warhorses and poured in three goals in the first half before adding another one in the second half. 

The trip to the third round of the playoffs represented the second consecutive year the Warhorses have been among the final 16 2-A teams playing in the state.