Last season, Ashe had its way with West Caldwell to advance to the second round. This year, Newton-Conover was the opponent, and the result was much of the same.
The Red Devils entered the game with a 14-2-4 overall record while the Lady Huskies entered the contest at 14-4-3.
Ashe scored four goals and kept the Red Devils from getting a shot into the net, advancing to the second round of the 2A state playoffs.
Karanda Weaver got the scoring started with an early goal to take a 1-0 lead.
After a brief rain delay in the 16th minute of play, the teams were back at it on the field with the Ashe County offense picking up right where it left off.
Senior standout Kebrina Keys scored two goals and Aspen Domske powered a shot by the Newton-Conover keeper to take a 4-0 advantage that the team would never come close to surrendering.
The second round opponent for Ashe has yet to be determined. The Lady Huskies will either travel to Cuthbertson on Saturday or will host Salisbury on the same day. Cuthbertson enters the playoffs as a number-one seed and are the defending 2A state champions. They defeated Carrboro 5-4 on penalty kicks in last year’s title game. Cuthbertson (15-4-1) will host Salisbury (10-6-1) on Wednesday night.