WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Huskies will be battle tested early on during the 2015 soccer season, a non-conference schedule that includes Watauga twice, Forbush and Surry Central.
Ashe will open the season at Watauga on Monday, Aug. 17. One week later, Ashe will host former conference foe Forbush who has had one of the best 2A soccer programs in the state for the past decade.
On back-to-back nights, the Huskies travel to Avery County on Aug. 26 and then go to Surry Central the next day.
The Huskies will wrap up its early portion of non-conference action with a home match against Hibriten on Sept. 3 and a home match against Watauga on Sept. 10.
After that, Ashe will hit the gauntlet of Mountain Valley Athletic Conference games.
The conference slate begins on Sept. 14 at Alleghany.
The Huskies return home for the next two against Elkin (Sept. 16) and Starmount (Sept. 21). Ashe will then travel to Wilkes Central to battle the rival Eagles on Sept. 23 and go to East Wilkes on Sept. 28.
Ashe will have a streak of four straight home matches from Sept. 30 to Oct. 7. Ashe will host North Wilkes, Oak Hill Academy for the final non-conference match, West Wilkes and start the second half of MVAC play at home against Alleghany).
Dates at Elkin (Oct. 12), at Starmount (Oct. 14), Wilkes Central (Oct. 19), East Wilkes (Oct. 22), at North Wilkes (Oct. 26) and at West Wilkes (Oct. 27) will complete the regular season schedule.
2A state playoff matches start on Nov. 4.
Wes Rousseau returns as the team’s head coach.
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