Head Women's Soccer Coach Juan Mascaro has announced the addition of Brevard College alumna Ashley Hughes '19 to the BC Women's Soccer coaching staff. Hughes will serve as the team's Volunteer Assistant Coach.
"We are very excited to have Ashley serve us in this role," commented Coach Mascaro. "Ashley was a valued leader on our team throughout her four years at Brevard, and that leadership will continue to have an impact on our 2019 team."
Hughes, a four-year starter for the Tornados, concluded her playing career in the fall of 2018. Her name is scattered across the Brevard College Women's Soccer record books, as Hughes holds numerous single-season and career-high marks.
Hughes holds the BC NCAA-era records for single-season goals scored (19, 2018), points (41, 2018), shots (81, 2018), shots-on-goal (50, 2018), and games played and started (19, 2018).
In addition to these single-season marks, Hughes is the BC Women's Soccer career record-holder for games started (70) and is tied with fellow classmate Megan Shina '19 for career goals scored (25).
Hughes received numerous accolades and awards during her tenure with the Tornados. She was named to the USA South All-Sportsmanship Team twice (2017, 18), in addition to receiving USA South Second Team West Division honors in 2018.
Regionally and nationally in 2018, Hughes was recognized by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA), earning First Team All-State honors. She was also a recipient of the Google Cloud Academic All-District Team honor, awarded to the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
Hughes rounded out her collegiate career by being named Female Athlete of the Year at Brevard College's Athletic Awards Banquet, in addition to receiving a spot on the 2018-19 USA South Academic All-Conference Team.
"I'm really excited to be back at Brevard to help Coach Mascaro and Coach Shaughnessy," stated Hughes. "I'm so grateful for the opportunity to work with such a great group of players and coaches. I am looking forward to seeing a new side of soccer as I hope to apply what I've learned playing collegiate soccer in the past 4 years to coaching in the upcoming season."
Hughes joins fourth-year Women's Soccer Head Coach Juan Mascaro along with first-year Assistant Coach Chelsea Shaughnessy, as the Tornados attempt to build upon a 2018 highlighted by a school NCAA-era record for single-season wins (11). The 2018 BC Women's Soccer team followed up its impressive regular season by earning the school's first bid into the ECAC Postseason Tournament.
2018 (SENIOR): Played and started in all 19 games for the tornados playing a total of 1,566 minutes… scored a team-high 19 goals and had 3 assists… led the team with 41 points… named to NCCSIA All-state team, Google Cloud Academic All-District, USA South West Division Second Team, and USA South Women’s Soccer Player of the Week (Sep 24).
2017 (JUNIOR): One of six players on the roster to start in all 18 matches ... tallied four goals on the season ... finished the season with 26 total shots and 14 shots on goal ... scored her first goal of the season in the win over St. Andrews (Sept. 2) ... scored her first penalty kick of her career in the victory over LaGrange (Oct. 13) ... recorded a season-high four shot attempts in the win over Warren Wilson (Oct. 31), while scoring her fourth goal of the season in the match.
2016 (SOPHOMORE): One of six players on the roster to play in all 17 matches … finished in a four-way tie alongside Anita Marskova, Caroline David and Ashley Mevoli for the team lead in total goals (two) … ended the season with the most points (six) after scoring two goals and contributing two assists.
2015 (FRESHMAN): Played and started in all 16 games ... recorded six shots with two on target.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Ardrey Kell High School where she played varsity soccer under Jeff Mercado and Kim Montgomery ... led the team in goals and assists freshman and junior year ... North Carolina State Playoff semifinalist in 2014 ... National Honors Society member.