WEST JEFFERSON — Hibriten was able to battle through two weather delays and a scrappy Husky team to hold on for a 2-1 victory at Ashe County High School on Thursday night.
The Panthers scored the lone goal in the first half to take a 1-0 lead after the first 40 minutes of play.
In the second half, Victor Melo got Ashe on the board with a nice shot.
With about 10 minutes left in the game, a second lightning delay brought the game to a stop with Hibriten holding a 2-1 lead.
After play resumed, Ashe was unable to find the equalizer, dropping its third match of the season.
Hibriten continues its hot start out of the gate, improving its record to 6-1 overall with the team’s lone loss of the season coming at West Iredell on Aug. 22
This is the third Mountain Valley Athletic Conference team that the Panthers have defeated. The team opened the 2015 season with a 6-0 win against Elkin and blasted West Wilkes by a 9-1 score two games later.
Ashe (2-3 overall) will regroup in time to face Watauga for the second time this season. The rivals will square off at ACHS on Thursday. Ashe beat Watauga by a 2-1 score in the first matchup between the two schools in Boone.
After that, the Huskies will break into conference play where they will try to defend last season’s conference championship. The first MVAC match will be on Sept. 14 at Alleghany.
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