WEST JEFFERSON — It was a complete performance on Tuesday, April 16, that helped the Ashe County Huskies girls soccer team (12-5) trounce the visiting Alleghany Trojans (2-12-1) in a 7-1 bloodbath. The win was the Huskies’ third-straight and fourth in their last five games.
From the start of the game, it was obvious why the Huskies were the favorite. In just the fourth minute, they struck first when sophomore Jernee Ashley curled a corner kick into the opposition’s goal for an early 1-0 lead.
Ten minutes later, senior Haley Miller beat the keeper, who rushed out early, and tapped it by her toward an open goal. Ashley rushed into the box to clean it up and scored the easy open-goal score.
While the attacking side were playing with creativity and freedom, the defense played with speed and dogged determination. Led by jolting junior Gracie Fairchild, the Ashe backline quickly swept up any semblance of a chance the Trojans could muster.
Meanwhile, the front lines kept breaking through the Alleghany defenses, and Ashley again scored with an assist from Miller in the 18th minute for a 3-0 lead and her hat trick. While the Huskies kept pressuring the opposition, they were unable to breakthrough again in the half, carrying their 3-0 lead into the break.
After a full half-hour of game time, the Huskies got back to their scoring ways. In the 53rd minute, Ashley got her fourth and easiest goal of the game. Not even a minute later, Miller finally got her first of the game as Ashe hit Alleghany with a quick double-fire.
The shutout wasn’t meant to be, with freshman goalkeeper Sophia Kiser getting beaten in the 59th minute, but the 5-1 lead was still too much for the Trojans to reasonably overcome in just 20 minutes. On the hour mark, the Huskies hit back, with senior Emma Calloway scoring from the corner flag, stretching the lead to 6-1.
The game was put away only two minutes later, as Miller bagged his second for a 7-1 final score.
Two days after, the Huskies traveled to Elkin (5-9-1) for the first of a home-and-away series against the Elks. The Huskies won 4-1 to bring them to 12-5.
Following the game, The Huskies received a 12-day break while they await to face the Elks again Tuesday, April 30. The game will be the Huskies’ final home game and senior night, while they also hope to keep rolling and secure a playoff position. The Elks meanwhile will have two games, against West Wilkes (1-11) and East Surry (4-8-1) before coming to West Jefferson.