Huskies win four straight


By Nathan Ham - [email protected]



Dante Shuler leaps high for a header during Thursday’s match against Oak Hill Academy


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Adrian Winterton (right) tries to get by an Oak Hill midfielder.


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Victor Melo uses his speed to get by this defender in the first half of Thursday’s match.


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WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County bumped its winning streak up to four matches after a pair of conference wins and a non-conference victory.

Ashe traveled to East Wilkes on Monday and came away with a 7-4 victory. The Huskies then followed that up with a 5-0 win against North Wilkes in slippery and soggy field conditions on Wednesday.

The final match of the week was a non-conference tilt against Oak Hill Academy.

The Warriors kept it close for most of the match, but Ashe added a couple of late goals to secure a 4-0 win.

Early in the first half, the Warrior defense was pressured early and often, but were up to the task. Omar Reyes and Victor Melo both had shots stopped in the first 10 minutes of the match.

The Huskies earned a corner kick in the 16th minute but saw the Warrior keeper stop a header attempt from Dante Shuler.

Finally in the 19th minute, Ashe was able to break through with the first score of the night. Victor Melo fired a shot that was stopped, but Shawn McKiddy was there for the rebound and the goal.

Three minutes later, Erik Barcenas had his first shot attempt of the evening stopped on a good diving save.

The Huskies scored again in the 24th minute. Victor Melo scored on a great pass from Caleb Key to put Ashe in front, 2-0.

Ashe continued its offensive pressure. Adrian Winterton had a shot knocked away off of a corner kick in the 26th minute. Melo and Barcenas both had shots stopped in the 38th minute well inside the scoring box and Johnny Retazatu nearly scored right before the halftime horn sounded. Ashe had to settle for a 2-0 halftime lead.

In the second half, Andrew Tedder had a shot blocked in the 44th minute. Barcenas had a shot stopped in the 50th minute and Josh Brettschneider had a scoring attempt knocked away in the 53rd minute.

Melo netted his second goal of the evening in the 71st minute and then Barcenas finally saw his hard work pay off with a goal in the 72nd minute off of a nice pass from Reyes.

Ashe is now 8-5 overall and 5-1 in conference matches.

The Huskies will look to add on to its four-game winning streak with conference matches at home against a pair of winless teams this week. Ashe is scheduled to face West Wilkes (0-9) on Monday and Alleghany (0-6) on Wednesday.

MVAC Standings

*As of Oct. 2

1. Wilkes Central: 6-1 overall, 4-0 conference

2. Ashe County: 7-5 overall, 5-1 conference

3. Starmount: 7-4 overall, 3-2 conference

4. Elkin: 4-7 overall, 3-2 conference

5. East Wilkes: 3-7 overall, 3-3 conference

6. North Wilkes: 1-10 overall, 1-4 conference

7. West Wilkes: 0-9 overall, 0-3 conference

8. Alleghany: 0-6 overall, 0-4 conference

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87

Dante Shuler leaps high for a header during Thursday’s match against Oak Hill Academy
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Dante-Shuler-vs-Oak-Hill.jpgDante Shuler leaps high for a header during Thursday’s match against Oak Hill Academy Nathan Ham | Jefferson Post

Adrian Winterton (right) tries to get by an Oak Hill midfielder.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Adrian-Winterton-vs-Oak-Hill.jpgAdrian Winterton (right) tries to get by an Oak Hill midfielder. Nathan Ham | Jefferson Post

Victor Melo uses his speed to get by this defender in the first half of Thursday’s match.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Victor-Melo-vs-Oak-Hill.jpgVictor Melo uses his speed to get by this defender in the first half of Thursday’s match. Nathan Ham | Jefferson Post

By Nathan Ham

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