WILKESBORO — Wilkes Central scored two goals in the first 11 minutes and kept Ashe off the scoreboard for 80 minutes to give the Huskies its first conference loss in two years on Wednesday.
Josh Andreski scored in the sixth minute and Kevin Moreno added another goal in the 11th minute to take the early lead that would end up being the only scores of the night.
Ashe tried to find some offense halfway through the first half. Kendall Wagner had a free kick shot that sailed high of the net in the 21st minute. Ozzy Barcenas and Erik Barcenas both had shots stopped in the 24th and 25th minutes and Wagner was once again close on a free kick in the 30th minute, but just a bit off target.
Central almost added a third goal on a corner kick with two minutes left in the half but the Ashe defense was able to clear the ball away without incident.
In the second half, Ashe’s scoring chances were limited.
Wagner took a free kick in the 62nd minute but was off target. Ashe had a corner kick in the 63rd minute but could not record a shot on goal.
A final chance came in the 67th minute off the foot of Josh Brettschneider that just missed the crossbar.
The rival Eagles beat Ashe for the first time since 2013, which was also the last time the Huskies had lost a match to any opponent from the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.
Ashe was right back on the field the next day, this time at home against Starmount.
The Huskies got behind early, but rallied to give the Rams its first conference loss of the year by a 3-2 score.
Ashe had two quick scoring opportunities early in the match. Brettschneider had a long shot stopped by Ram keeper Hunter Johnson in the fifth minute, and then Ashe followed that up with a corner kick chance two minutes later.
However, it would be the Rams that got the first tally of the night. Jayven Najera rifled a shot from outside the box that slipped through the hands of Husky goalkeeper Daniel Lipscomb.
The first half ended with the Rams ahead, 1-0.
In the second half, Erik Barcenas almost tied the score two minutes in but Johnson was there to stop the shot.
Five minutes later, the Rams were awarded a penalty kick after a take down inside the scoring box.
The momentum of the match seemed to change entirely on one play. Lipscomb came up huge and stopped the penalty kick attempt from Starmount team captain Vicente Adame.
After that, it took Ashe just four minutes to tie the contest. Barcenas connected on a close-range shot to knot things up at 1-1.
The rain started to fall, but not even that could put out the spark that got the Husky offense off and running.
Dylan Little added a goal and Barcenas netted one more in the last 20 minutes to give Ashe the 3-2 victory.
The Huskies are 5-5 overall and 3-1 in the MVAC.
Starmount dropped to 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the MVAC.
Ashe is scheduled to play three matches this week. The Huskies are set to travel to East Wilkes on Monday, host North Wilkes on Wednesday and host Oak Hill Academy for a non-conference match on Thursday.
*As of Sept. 25
1. Wilkes Central: 5-1 overall, 3-0 MVAC
2. Ashe County: 5-5 overall, 3-1 MVAC
3. Starmount: 7-3 overall, 3-1 MVAC
4. East Wilkes: 3-5 overall, 3-1 MVAC
5. Elkin: 3-7 overall, 2-2 MVAC
6. North Wilkes: 1-9 overall, 1-3 MVAC
7. West Wilkes: 0-9 overall, 0-3 MVAC
8. Alleghany: 0-6 overall, 0-4 MVAC
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87