WEST JEFFERSON — With playoff seeding on the line, the Ashe County Huskies girls soccer team (14-5) cruised to a victory over the Elkin Elks (7-11-1) Tuesday, April 30 at home. The game was the Huskies’ fifth win in a row.
The night was not just a good win for the team, but a night to honor their five seniors in their last home regular season game. Sam Woods, Emma Calloway, Haley Miller, Mabry Watson and Carolyn Coldiron were all celebrated at halftime in thanks for their years of service to the team.
The Huskies started the game knowing they could out-attack their prey, creating chances left and right in the opening minutes. In the 15th, they broke through as Woods played a deep ball to Miller who knocked it in for a 1-0 lead. Miller pounced again a minute later, playing in a deep ball which found its way to the top corner of the net.
The 21st minute saw Woods pick up her fist of the match from close range, setting the scoreline at 3-0. A minute later, Calloway scored her first of the match with a long bomb for a dominating 4-0 lead.
While the attack was executing at max capacity, the defense worked wonders, holding Elkin to near nothing in terms of chances. Calloway picked up another goal, again from range, in the 33rd minute. The goal gave the Huskies a 5-0 lead which they carried into the half.
It took Ashe 13 minutes to break through for a sixth goal in the second half. In the 53rd minute, Miller picked up a senior night hat trick after finding the ball bouncing around in the Elkin box. A minute later, Woods bagged her brace with a rainbow lob from the corner of the box for a 7-0 lead with over 25 minutes left. In the 69th, sophomore Jernee Ashley found Miller in the box, who tapped it in from behind the keeper to put Ashe withing striking distance of a mercy rule. With only eight minutes left, Woods ended it, scoring the mercy-triggering goal.
Only two days later, Ashe traveled to face the Starmount Rams (15-3), who had beaten the Huskies in their first match-up in March. Goals from Ashley and Woods tied the game at 2-2, and a standout performance from freshman keeper Sophia Kiser won the game in a 3-2 penalty shootout.
The Huskies now prepare for the state playoffs. The team will travel to West Iredell (14-5) for the first round of the 2A playoffs Tuesday, May 7.