WEST JEFFERSON — The varsity soccer seniors shined in front of the home crowd on Monday, helping the Huskies pound the North Wilkes Vikings, 8-0.
“It was a well-deserved win for an exceptional group of seniors. They’ve all put in a lot of work this year, and in their own ways have functioned as leaders on this very young and inexperienced team,” said Ashe County head coach Wes Rousseau. “I think their work ethic and leadership by example have been the reason that we’ve been as successful as we have.”
Ashe County recognized its seven seniors at halftime of the contest in the next to last match of the regular season. Those seniors were Josh Brettschneider, Johnny Retezatu, Rolando Olvera, Noah Blevins, Noah Gouge, Curtis Barker and Austin Lyall.
“Josh, Johnny and Rolando have been a big part of our program for four years, and for first year varsity players, Noah Blevins, Noah Gouge, Curtis Barker and Austin Lyall have made a big impact in their limited time,” said Rousseau.
Blevins not only became a part of the soccer team for the first time in his ACHS career, but he also earned the starting goaltending job for the season and even added a goal in Monday’s match.
“I can’t say enough about how impressive Noah has been in goal for us this season, and it was special seeing him get to score on the field as well,” said Rousseau.
Retezatu started the scoring for Ashe with a pair of goals out of the gate, first in the fourth minute and then again in the eighth minute.
Alec Roland added Ashe’s final goal of the first half with a scoring strike in the 22nd minute.
In the second half, Blevins moved into the field for the final 40 minutes and scored his first career goal in the 53rd minute.
After that, the Huskies piled on four goals over a five-minute span. Justin Lopez scored in the 63rd minute, Caleb Key scored in the 64th minute, Lucas Pruitt scored in the 65th minute and Lyall scored in the 67th minute to put a cap on a big day for the seniors.
“These seniors are an outstanding group of young men and the program is significantly better because of their contributions,” Rousseau said.
The Huskies are now 15-7 overall and 11-2 in conference play with one regular season match remaining. Ashe has clinched second place in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.
North Wilkes fell to 2-19 overall and 1-12 in the MVAC.
*As of Oct. 24
1. Starmount: 18-2, 13-0
2. Ashe County: 15-7, 11-2
3. Wilkes Central: 11-7-1, 7-5
4. West Wilkes: 7-11, 7-6
5. East Wilkes: 8-12, 6-7
6. Elkin: 6-15, 5-7
7. North Wilkes: 2-19, 1-12
8. Alleghany: 1-14, 1-12
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.