Ashe 3, Avery County 1
NEWLAND — The Huskies rallied with three straight goals to defeat Avery County on Wednesday by a 3-1 score.
Avery scored first in the 19th minute with a goal from Andrew Nieland off of a nice pass from Alex Broussard to take a 1-0 lead.
After being kept quiet for the entire first half, the Husky offense started to come alive in a big way.
Senior Victor Melo scored a goal in the 44th minute and then another in the 47th minute to put Ashe ahead, 2-1.
Melo later netted his third goal to cap off a hat trick and the team’s second win of the young season.
Surry Central 3, Ashe 2
DOBSON — The Surry Central soccer team built a 3-0 lead over Ashe County on Thursday night before the Golden Eagles started to slip, both on offense and defense.
The Huskies scored two quick goals late in the second half and looked destined for a third.
However, Surry Central (5-0) held on and stayed undefeated with a 3-2 victory over the Huskies.
Surry Central was in attack mode from the start as it dominated possession and created a plethora of chances in the opening half. The Eagles were creative in the final third of the field and had six shots before the Huskies recorded their first.
However, the first goal of the match didn’t come until the 19th minute. Javier Villicana received a pass and charged down the left sideline before crossing the ball into the box.
His pass floated past all of the Ashe County defenders and right to Adrian Gonzalez, who blasted a right-footed shot near-post and past the goalie.
Surry Central extended its lead before the half thanks to a free kick from Miguel Tello in the 39th minute.
The left-footer lined it up from 25 yard out and close to the right sideline. He sent in a dangerous ball that was a mix between shot and cross, but it found the back of the net to make it 2-0.
It was Tello’s third goal off a free kick this season.
The Golden Eagles scored their final goal just nine minutes into the start of the second half. A good spell of possession opened up some space in the box for Julio Sánchez and he provided a nice pass to Arturo López who calmly tucked it away for a 3-0 lead.
The offense was flowing and the defense was solid, but it all changed in an instant for the Golden Eagles.
The Huskies still had only one shot on goal, but they tightened up the score in a flash on their next two attempts.
Andrew Tedder made a great run from the back and got on the end of a lofted pass from Omar Reyes. Johnathan DeSantiago, Surry Central’s goalie, came off his line but was too late as Tedder knocked the ball into the back of the net with 29 minutes remaining in the contest.
Ashe made it a one-goal deficit just five minutes later when Erik Barcenas scored from just inside the penalty area with his right foot.
The Huskies kept Surry Central playing on its heels and struggled to possess the ball. The Huskies’ best opportunity to equalize came with 11 minutes left and by way of a free kick.
Victor Melo laced his shot over the wall and on target, but DeSantiago reacted well and made the save.
The Eagles were able to hold on down the stretch and remain unbeaten on the year.
Ashe dropped to 2-2 overall.
This week, the varsity team will be off until Thursday when they host Hibriten in another non-conference tilt.
The junior varsity squad will have a game on Tuesday at Mount Airy.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87