DOBSON — Surry Central finished 2-2 with North Forsyth, the third tie in four games for the soccer team.
The visiting Vikings scored first, but the Golden Eagles scored once in each half to take the lead 2-1. The Eagles held that lead for about 15 minutes before North Forsyth tied it with 18 minutes left. Neither team could break through the rest of the way.
Central played to a 2-2 tie with West Iredell, 1-1 tie with Mount Airy and now this one, noted head coach Blake Roth.
The coach told his players that if they don’t like this feeling of not earning a win, then they need to get better.
Yes, this is a young team, Roth said, but the underclassmen are playing heavy minutes and have to develop quickly for the team to be successful.
Sure, the team is undefeated through four matches, but the state determines playoff eligibility and seeding through winning percentage, not tying percentage, he said.
Roth said he just found out that Carver will not be fielding a team this season, taking away two potential conference wins too late in the season to find a replacement team.
The Eagles were the only local team in action on the national holiday, and both teams were certainly laboring under the upper-80s heat and bright sunlight.
Soccer doesn’t have timeouts like other sports, so the officials called their own water break midway through the halves so that players could stay hydrated.
The game was only seven minutes old when the Vikings pushed the ball ahead and broke through the defense. The outside attacker showed great speed and foot skills as he slid the ball across the front of the box to a crashing teammate.
The Eagles got their own breakthrough later in the half.
Jose Avalos beat a defender to the ball and raced up the right sideline. He curled around in the corner and could have made an attempt himself. Instead, he played the ball off to Ramiro Gonzalez who finished it.
A few minutes into the second half, the Eagles threatened on a similar play.
This time it was Arturo Lopez who streaked up the left side.
The Eagles had two players crashing toward the goal, so Lopez played the ball over.
A North Forsyth player rushed back toward the goal, trying to get to the ball, but as he sprinted full speed, he accidentally knocked it into his own goal.
Roth said he feel bad for the kid because he was just hustling as hard as he could.
Colombia’s Andres Escobar did the same thing in the ‘94 World Cup, recalled Roth. When the player returned to his country, a drug lord’s driver gunned Escobar down in a parking lot. Hopefully this poor kid gets more sympathy than that.
Central held the lead for about 15 minutes before a mistake gave the Vikings a corner kick.
One of the mids was trapped and wanted to play the ball backward to a teammate, said Roth. However, the player didn’t communicate with his defender, and the pass rolled right out the back line for a corner kick.
North Forsyth converted in the 62nd minute.
You can’t blame that score on the keeper, who was trying to stop a hard-hit ball at close range, said Roth. It was the lack of talking before that which cost the team. Against a good opponent, it comes down to which squad makes the fewest mistakes.
Roth said he wants to see his team do a better job in the midfield today at Elkin.