WEST JEFFERSON — The young Husky team put together another strong performance early in the season, this time a 3-0 victory at home against the Avery County Vikings.
Things were all quiet in the scoring column until the 26th minute when Carson Keys fired a long range shot from outside the scoring box that got by the Avery keeper for a 1-0 lead.
The Vikings’ best scoring chance of the first half came in the 35th minute on a shot by Luis Arauz, but Ashe County keeper Harley Miller made a nice stop to keep Ashe in front.
In the second half, the Huskies kept attacking the Avery defense. Josh Brettschneider had a shot stopped in the 43rd minute and then Alec Roland had a good shot on goal in the 49th minute that was turned away.
In the 51st minute, Miller made a fantastic diving save on Arauz to keep the shutout going.
Offensively, the Huskies continued getting shots on net. Lucas Pruitt had shot saved in the 55th minute. Roland had a shot stopped two minutes later and Caleb Key had a free kick opportunity saved in the 61st minute.
Ashe finally broke through in the second half when Key scored off of a great pass from Joseph Nguyen in the 64th minute to take a 2-0 lead.
Brettschneider found the back of the net in the 69th minute for the final tally of the game.
Ashe moved to 2-0 on the young season while this was Avery County’s first match of 2016.
“I’m really pleased at how this young team has developed to this point of the year. They have exceeded my expectations for where we would be at this point in the season,” said Ashe County head coach Wes Rousseau. “We still have a lot of work to do, but they’ve shown themselves to be dedicated and have great chemistry and I think that’s the reason why we’ve seen this early success.”
So far, the Huskies have shown the ability to play well on both ends of the field despite the youth and inexperience for a lot of these guys at the varsity level.
“We’ve been unselfish and we’ve gotten five goals from five different players. On the defensive end, we have been aggressive and intelligent. This has been a really fun team to be around so far,” said Rousseau.
Ashe has one game this week, a road match at West Iredell on Tuesday. The junior varsity game begins at 5 p.m. with the varsity game to follow around 6:30 p.m.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.