WEST JEFFERSON — The Huskies pulled away in the second half of Thursday’s match against Oak Hill Academy for a 6-1 victory.
Oak Hill was able to frustrate the Husky offense throughout the first half. Alec Roland found a way to put Ashe ahead with a goal in the eighth minute. Justin Lopez followed that with a scoring strike in the 10th minute to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead.
Ashe kept getting chances in the half, but the Warrior defense was able to keep the Husky lead from getting out of hand early on.
In the second half, Oak Hill cut the Ashe lead in half with a goal in the 52nd minute.
That goal seemed to be a bit of a wake up call for the Huskies. Ashe earned a pair of corner kicks in the 56th and 57th minutes.
Johnny Retezatu scored Ashe’s third goal in the 57th minute.
Ashe continued the offensive pressure. Roland had a shot stopped in the 65th minute and then Ashe earned another corner kick try in the 66th minute.
The Huskies came up with three goals in the final 11 minutes of play to close out a scrappy Oak Hill squad.
Joseph Nguyen scored twice in the 69th and 71st minutes and then Retezatu tallied his second goal with two minutes left in the match.
Ashe is now 11-6 overall.
“I was happy to see our outside mids finally get involved in our scoring attack. We got two much-needed goals each from Johnny Retezatu and Joseph Nguyen,” said Ashe County head coach Wes Rousseau.
Ashe will prepare for a couple of key Mountain Valley Athletic Conference matches this week. The Huskies are set to host fourth place Elkin on Monday before hosting conference-leading Starmount on Wednesday.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.