ELKIN — The Ashe County Huskies notched their second conference win of the season with a 3-0 shutout over Elkin on Wednesday.
Alec Roland gave the Elkin defense trouble all evening long, scoring two goals while Josh Brettschneider added the other score.
Through two conference games, the Huskies have outscored both opponents by a 13-3 margin. The competition will get a little tougher in the upcoming week, however, as the team is set to travel to Starmount on Monday and host Wilkes Central on Wednesday.
Surry Central 3, Ashe 0
WEST JEFFERSON — In the final match of the week on Thursday, Ashe took on Surry Central at home. The Eagles are one of the top 2A teams in the state, currently ranked fifth overall.
“When you’re playing a team as skilled as Surry Central is, your margin for error is very small. I thought we played with a lot of effort and intensity, but we had some defensive mental lapses,” said Ashe County head coach Wes Rousseau.
The Eagles pressured the Ashe County defense all night long, scoring three goals to get the win.
Chaco Sanchez scored the team’s first goal in the 25th minute.
Ashe almost tied the score in the 30th minute, but a diving save from the Surry Central keeper robbed Roland on a shot right in front of the goal.
On the counter, the Eagles pushed their lead to 2-0 with a goal from Fernando Talavera on a free kick after an Ashe penalty.
Still holding a 2-0, the Eagles added on with the team’s final goal in the 49th minute. Miguel Tello fired a shot by Ashe County keeper Noah Blevins.
The Huskies had a pair of corner kicks in the 64th and 69th minutes, but came up empty. The final scoring chance for the Huskies came with five minutes left to play but Caleb Key had a shot that was once again turned away by the Eagle keeper.
“When you’re only afforded five or six good looks at the goalie, you really have to bury one of those in order to make it a contest. We had to find the back of the net on those chances in order to make them uncomfortable,” said Rousseau. “When you let a team as good as Surry Central control possession, get comfortable and into a rhythm, and don’t capitalize on offensive opportunities, you’re going to have an outcome like you had tonight.”
Ashe fell to 5-5 overall and remains 2-0 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.
Surry Central is 9-2 overall and will open up conference play with Winston-Salem Carver in their next match.
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