The Surry Central boys varsity soccer team took their first loss of the season against 3A West Iredell High School in an away match on Thursday.
The scored ended 2-1 West Iredell.
Head Surry Central Coach Blake Roth said the loss was not a surprise because he knew the outcome could go either way.
“It was a battle,” said Roth. West Iredell won their conference last year.
Roth said Central came out against them “quite flat” and was lucky to make it to half-time with a tie.
Roth said about five minutes into the second half, the Golden Eagles started getting things evened out keeping the ball around 50/50 in possession time.
The defense took the brunt of the punishment in the first half and the team could not create midfield possession, said Roth. The score at half remained 0-0.
With around 20 minutes left, West Iredell put in a goal on breakaway. One of West Iredell’s players was red carded, as a result, they had to play a man down the rest of the match.
Shortly after their goal, Roth said he realized time was short and switched our formation.
Central’s Fredy Cruz converted a penalty kick and tied the game 1-1. Ultimately, Roth said their defender made a great play, a mid-shot from 35 yards out. Central’s keeper knocked it away and on the ball’s deflection West Iredell came from the side and got the ball in.
“I’ve got to hand it to them to be able to score with one man down. They are a great squad,” said Roth.
Roth said defensive player Justo Cristobal deserves a lot of credit for the way he has played in the past two games.
The teams and coaches have a good relationship and they have tied in the last two years of scrimmages, said Roth.
“You are never going to get better if you do not play anybody better than you,” said the coach.
The Golden Eagles are scheduled to play another 3 A school, North Forsyth, on Sept. 3 at home.
“It is always a dogfight with them,” said Roth.