WILKESBORO — Not even the pouring rain could dampen the spirits of the varsity soccer team on Thursday night. Ashe made the trip to Wilkes Central and knocked off the Eagles by a 3-1 score to clinch the 2016 Mountain Valley Athletic Conference Championship and the team’s third MVAC title in a row.
The win was even sweeter for head coach Wes Rousseau who was celebrating his birthday as well.
“It was the best birthday present I could ask for. These girls have had an exceptional year,” said Coach Rousseau. “To sustain the amount of success that these ladies have for the past three years in our conference is incredible. I can’t say enough about our senior class.”
Ashe jumped out to a quick lead on the Eagles with a goal from freshman Sam Woods in the fifth minute.
The Huskies had a corner kick chance in the ninth minute and had a chance to make it 2-0 early, however the Eagle defense cleared the ball out of danger.
In the 24th minute, Alyssa Peterson got in on a breakaway and made a great pass to Melissa Ramos in front of the net for a goal and a 2-0 lead.
Ashe held the lead through the halftime break and up until the 51st minute when Sierra Massucco fired a shot from about 20 yards out that ended up bouncing over the head of Ashe County goalkeeper Izzy Alvarez.
Wilkes Central started to build up a little momentum, but the Lady Huskies were not the least bit flustered. Ashe got another goal from Ramos in the 64th minute to push the lead back to two goals at 3-1.
Wilkes Central had a corner kick chance in the 69th and 70th minutes, but the Ashe defense stood tall and cleared the ball out of the scoring box each time.
“Tonight was one of the most meaningful wins of my career because it came against a very good Wilkes Central team, and it’s just a manifestation of all the hard work that these ladies have put in and their dedication to the program for the past four years,” said Rousseau. “They deserve all the recognition in the world for what they’ve accomplished. I consider myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to coach such a fine group.”
The Lady Huskies will now wait and see who they will face in the upcoming 2A state playoffs. Ashe will open the playoffs at home.
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