Ashley Woods made a name for herself as a keeper for the Central High School girls' soccer team. The rising sophomore recently completed her first season playing for Motlow State Community College in Lynchburg.
While Woods didn't have the most playing time in the fall due to sitting behind a sophomore, she enjoyed every moment she got to get in the goal. Her role with the team also expanded in the spring semester.
"My first season was actually really good," Woods explained. "I got to play for eight games for the fall but I played the whole spring season, which was really fun."
Through Woods's eight fall season games, she started four and compiled a record of three wins and one loss as a starter. She finished with 31 saves and a save percentage of .838. Woods's goals against average was 1.09 on six goals let in.
The stats Woods compiled in her shorter stints in the goal box were more than enough for her to consider her freshman year a success.
"I was just excited to play at all, to be honest," Woods said. "I didn't think I was gonna play as much as I did."
In addition to her expanded team role from the fall to the spring, Woods said that her skills grew as well. One area in particular was her jump abilities to better block shots.
Woods attributed part of this growth to a demanding spring schedule. The Lady Bucks faced off against several high-quality opponents in the first few months of 2019. This included a trip to Belize to take on the country's U-18 and U-17 National Teams.
Motlow defeated the U-17 team 2-1 but lost to the U-18 team 2-0.
"That definitely prepares you," Woods said.
Woods's sophomore-heavy team lost many members after the completion of the spring season. Next year's team will be younger, but Woods said she was ready to move forward with her starting role.
Last year's team went 12-5-2 in the fall, with a 5-1 conference record. Woods further said their success motivated this year's sophomore class to lead the large, new crop of freshmen and take it even farther.
"I'm super excited and really looking forward to it," Woods explained. "We saw the first year how far we could go. We want to go even further."
With her team just down the road in Lynchburg, Woods was able to offer advice to the younger CHS players from time-to-time. Most of the advice centered on how to prepare for the transition to the high school level.
Since Motlow athletes play for two seasons, Woods will have a transition of her own on the horizon soon. While playing at a four-year school is something she's considered, Woods said that would be better determined as the season goes on.
"I'm looking into different places right now," Woods said. "I don't know for sure, it's really up in the air."