BOONE — A young and hungry Husky squad was up to the challenge of taking on Watauga on the road in their first game of the season, beating the Pioneers by a 2-1 margin.
This was the third straight victory over Watauga after the team took each of the last two meetings, including a game similar to this one to start last season where Ashe stunned the Pioneers in Boone.
“This was a real good win for a young team. Expectation wise last night, I did not know we could come in last night and compete the way that we did with our youth and inexperience,” said Ashe County head coach Wes Rousseau.
Alec Roland put the Huskies on the board early in the first half with a goal off of an assist from Joseph Nguyen.
Ashe kept the 1-0 advantage through halftime and into the second half when senior Rolando Olvera nailed a great free kick goal from well outside the scoring box.
Watauga avoided the shutout with a goal from Daelan Pell with two minutes left in the contest.
For Ashe, it was a big statement from a defense that lost a lot of key players from last year to be able to hold the Pioneers scoreless for 78 minutes.
“We did a good job on defense. We defended pretty well in the middle. Daniel Lipscomb and Carson Keys really played good there,” said Rousseau.
In goal, the Huskies went with first-year soccer player and senior Noah Blevins. Blevins has been able to put his athletic ability to good use for the soccer team and had a nice game in net in the season opener.
“He (Noah) did a really good job for his first soccer game ever, almost holding Watauga to a shutout,” said Rousseau.
Ashe will be back on the field at home against Avery on Wednesday afternoon. Game time is at 6 p.m.
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