North Surry celebrated its three seniors, but couldn’t celebrate a win with a 5-2 loss to South Stokes.
The Greyhounds held Senior Night Monday, but the Sauras spoiled the part by scoring the first two goals of the game.
Mario Fischer and Hunter Rothrock scored to give South Stokes a 2-0 lead.
With 18 minutes left in the half, North’s Cristian Cortes scored to cut into the lead.
However, John Kevin Fischer scored with seven minutes left in the half to give South Stokes a 3-1 lead that it would carry into halftime.
During halftime, the Hounds honored Daniel Garcia, Dulio Hernandez and Caleb Ramey.
In the second half, Rothrock scored his second goal to put the Sauras up 4-1.
Each team would add another goal in the second period, North’s coming from Cristian Cortes’ younger brother Alexis.
“We did not play as much as a team as I would have liked, and not as much as the boys usually do,” said Coach Rachel Escobar.
Even though it is counterintuitive, the boys seem to play better on the road than at home, she said. They may be pressing too much to try to impress their parents.
As for her graduating class, Escobar said, “I am going to miss all three of them so much. Caleb and Daniel especially have been anchors for the soccer team for four years.”
Dulio has only played two years, but in that time he has made the most improvement of any player, she said. That is due to his own discipline and hard work on his conditioning.
“All three are just great young men,” she added.
Garcia is a a two-year captain, who switched to keeper in midseason.
“Daniel has stepped up to become a great goalkeeper during the second half of the season when any other young player would be looking to score one more goal before he graduates,” she said.
Ramey already has two all-conference selections under his belt and could get a third next week. He also has been the team’s MVP the past two years.
A good student as well, Ramey is second in his class with a 4.75 GPA.
A religious young man, Escobar said, “His faith keeps him going no matter what he encounters.”
Along with the players, the coach honored team manager Sofia Delfin.
“She is an awesome soccer player,” said the coach, who is looking forward to having Delfin play for the school in the spring.
Garcia and Ramey each said that their favorite soccer memory came in the prior game where North tied with perennial power Surry Central 2-2 before falling 3-2 in overtime.
The first time those teams met, Central shut out North 5-0, so the players were proud of their effort in the rematch.
Escobar said the team is looking forward to its next game Wednesday at Forbush.