WEST JEFFERSON — It might have taken the Ashe County offense a few minutes of game time to get going, but once it did, Alleghany had very little chance of stopping the Huskies.
Ashe poured in 10 goals to open conference play with a 10-3 victory over the Trojans on Monday evening.
The Huskies had four shots on goal in the first 13 minutes that were all stopped. Justin Lopez saw a pair of shots get stopped by the keeper and then another one hit the post. Alec Roland had a header chance early in the contest that was also stopped.
Ashe finally broke through in the 15th minute with Roland slashing through the Trojan defense for a goal.
After that, the goals came in a hurry for the home team.
Josh Brettschneider scored three minutes later and then Jesus Barcenas scored just one minute after Brettschneider to give Ashe a 3-0 lead.
Joseph Nguyen kept the scoring momentum going with a goal in the 22nd minute.
Brettschneider scored his second of the night in the 33rd minute to put the Huskies ahead by a 5-0 score.
Alleghany showed some signs of life on offense with a goal from Sam Foley in the 37th minute. Ashe still held a 5-1 lead at the halftime break.
In the second half, Roland nearly got his second goal of the game on a shot just one minute into the half, but the Alleghany keeper was there for the stop. Roland eventually did come up with his second goal in the 48th minute.
One minute after that, Nguyen got his second goal of the match with a nice shot that found the back of the net for a 7-1 advantage.
In the 60th minute, Austin Lyall came through for Ashe with a goal and then Curtis Barker notched his first goal of the season in the 63rd minute to put the Huskies up, 9-1.
Alleghany scored again in the 75th minute with Foley scoring for the second time.
Not to be outdone, Brettschneider finished off his hat trick with a third goal in the final minute of play.
The Trojans got another goal in the closing seconds for their third and final score.
Ashe improved to 4-4 overall and 1-0 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference. The victory snapped a brief two-game losing skid. Ashe lost to Watauga last Thursday, 3-2, and lost to Mount Airy on a Saturday afternoon game, 5-3.
Ashe at Elkin (Wednesday)
Surry Central at Ashe (Thursday)
Ashe at Starmount (Monday, Sept. 19)
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.