WEST JEFFERSON — The Hibriten Panthers stayed unbeaten on Wednesday night, escaping the High Country with a 2-1 win over the Lady Huskies.
Ashe had the first scoring chance of the game in the seventh minute off the foot of Valerie Keys, but her shot was just to the right of the goal. The Lady Huskies also had a corner kick opportunity in the 23rd minute, but could not get a shot on goal.
Hibriten nearly countered off the corner kick and got a goal of its own, but thanks to a great diving save from Jade Hannewald, Ashe kept the game scoreless.
In the 27th minute, a shot fired from just outside the scoring box by Panther forward Aliya Watson rifled off the goal post and was cleared away by the Ashe defense.
The Lady Huskies had a pair of corner kick chance sin the 28th and 31st minutes and Hibriten had one of its own in the 35th minute, but both teams were up to the task defensively to keep the game scoreless at the half.
Hibriten came out of the gate quickly to start the final 40 minutes of play. Hannewald made another diving stop on a free kick in the 47th minute after already making a save on a corner kick chance three minutes before.
In the 49th minute, the Panthers broke through with a goal from sophomore Allison Herrera.
Six minute later, it would be Herrera again that connected on a great volley shot in the box to put Hibriten up 2-0. On the play, Herrera collided with Hannewald and the Ashe County keeper would have to leave the game and would not return.
Needing to find a spark offensively, the Huskies came to life with 11 minutes to go. Valerie Keys broke through and scored to cut the deficit to one goal.
With six minutes left, Melissa Ramos fired a shot from just outside the scoring box, but a nice save by Rachel Easton kept the Panthers ahead and would be the last good shot on goal the team would have to face.
Hibriten now sits at 4-0-1 overall while Ashe dropped to 0-2.
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