WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County picked up its second win of the season on Friday night with a 4-0 victory over Avery County.
Senior striker Valerie Keys was simply unstoppable for most of the contest. Her first goal came 13 minutes into the match to put Ashe in front, 1-0.
The Huskies kept the offensive pressure up, earning a pair of corner kicks in the 23rd and 25th minutes.
Keys got her second goal with two minutes left in the first half, giving Ashe a 2-0 lead after the first 40 minutes of play.
In the second half, Melissa Ramos nearly made it 3-0 in the 42nd minute but her shot was knocked away by a diving save from Avery’s keeper.
In the 48th minute, Keys capped off her hat trick with a third goal, sprinting through the Avery defense.
Seven minutes later, Keys netted her fourth goal off of a terrific pass from Ramos to give Ashe a 4-0 lead.
Avery’s best scoring opportunity came in the 74th minute with a penalty kick for Sarah Giarrusso. Her shot was wide left of the goal, leaving the Ashe County shutout intact.
“We played the most complete game of the year so far,” said Ashe County head coach Wes Rousseau. “We were patient offensively and moved well without the ball. Our game plan coming in was focused on exploiting the outer third of their defense and I thought we executed it pretty well.”
This was the second win for Ashe in as many days. On Thursday, the Huskies went to Mount Airy and came away with a 5-0 win. Ramos, Keys and Alyssa Peterson each scored goals and Mahala Land scored twice on free kicks.
Ashe is 2-3 overall and will open conference play this week. The Huskies go to East Wilkes on Tuesday and will host North Wilkes on Thursday.
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