WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County kept its unbeaten conference streak alive with a 2-0 win over Elkin on Friday night.
The Lady Huskies also honored its 11 seniors at halftime: Valerie Keys, Bekah Bowers, Natalie Harless, Mahala Land, Alyssa Peterson, Alexis Wray, Savannah Brooks, Bennett Watson, Olivia Olvera, Cassie Miller and Callie Shepherd.
Peterson had Ashe’s first scoring chance in the seventh minute but her shot was stopped inside the scoring box.
Ashe had a corner kick chance in the 20th minute and then a free kick opportunity off of a foul two minutes later with neither chances resulting in a goal.
The Huskies finally got on the board inside a minute left in the half with a great shot from Keys to put Ashe ahead 1-0 at the half.
The second half started with three corner kicks in the first three minutes for the Lady Huskies. The Elkin back line was able to clear all three kicks out of the box.
Ashe got its second and final goal in the 57th minute with another nice shot from Keys.
Ashe is now 14-6 and 12-0 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.
“I thought we played relatively well, especially given the circumstances with senior night and prom on the horizon, there were a great deal of distractions,” said Ashe County head coach Wes Rousseau. “Although we showed a little bit of a lack of focus at times, we were able to overcome that and finish when we needed to.
This year’s senior class went down as the winningest senior class in program history with still plenty to play for in the final two matches of the year and the upcoming state playoffs.
“They are a very special class. Seven of them are either three or four year varsity starters,” said Rousseau. “They are the most successful class in program history and have had an integral role in our last two conference championships, and this year have put themselves in a position for a third straight with an undefeated conference season so far.”
Ashe will wrap up the regular season with a home match against Starmount on Tuesday and the final match at Wilkes Central on Thursday, which could very well determine who the 2016 conference champion will be. Ashe defeated Wilkes Central earlier in the season, 3-2. If the Lady Huskies beat Starmount on Tuesday, they will clinch at least a share of the MVAC Championship.
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