Watauga has always been a tough opponent for the Huskies, particularly the recent Ashe teams that have had terrific seasons, but could never score that win over the rival Pioneers.
This time, the outcome went Ashe’s way with a pair of late goals in the second half to take a 3-2 win on Tuesday.
The Pioneers struck first with a shot fired from Tucker Chasteen in the 16th minute to take an early lead.
Ashe answered back eight minutes later when Miguel Ramos was taken out in the scoring box by the Pioneer goalie with the ball nowhere near the collision. A penalty kick was awarded and Ramos was perfect on the strike to tie the game.
The score remained knotted at 1-1 until nine minutes after the halftime break when Gavin Woodie settled a ball inside the box and rifled it into the net for a 2-1 advantage.
Watauga tied the score just four minutes later in the 53rd minute.
With both teams looking for that go-ahead goal, it would be Ashe that pushed ahead in the 57th minute, again off the foot of Ramos from close range.
Down the stretch, Ashe keeper Jamison Cline and the rest of the Ashe defense held strong and denied Watauga on several scoring chances that included a pair of free kicks and corner kicks.
Up next, Ashe (1-0) is scheduled to travel to Hibriten for a non-conference match on Monday.
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