DOBSON — Surry Central and East Surry battled for 80 minutes, but could only manage one score as the Eagles won 1-0.
The Eagles scored late in the first half and kept the Cardinals from answering in the second period.
“We controlled the possession, but we could not breathe,” said Central Coach Blake Roth.
“East Surry was all over us,” he said. “East Surry never let us feel comfortable with the ball in our final third (of the field).”
On the scoring play, Adrian Gonzalez tried to center the ball into the box.
On a high floater, two Cards came together, and East’s Brody Gentry got his head on the ball. Unfortunately, the ball bounced down, and Central’s Arturo Lopez immediately slammed it into the net past keeper Marco Gomez.
Roth said his team got the ball down the field many times, but when it came time to score, either the player didn’t get a good kick or the defense jumped in the way for a deflection or Marco Gomez made a great stop.
East Surry did very well, especially considering two very good players were sidelined with injuries, said Roth, referring to Souli Boutis and Trace Simmons.
The way the rest of the team rallied together was impressive, he said.
With those two out, Roth said he put Victor Solis on Brayan Gomez at all times.
East also marked a player the entire game, keeping someone on Jose Avalos.
Central keeper Artemio Cortes didn’t have many saves, but Roth said he came up with two nice plays off free kicks.
Antonio Mata had a couple of great looks for East Surry, but Artemio was able to make stops.
“East Surry has come a long way, and I expect them to go deep,” Roth said, referring to the 1A state playoffs.
Central next will host 4A school Glenn on Monday.
Roth said he is looking forward to this; Central forced a 3-3 tie with Glenn last year.
East Surry’s schedule shows the Cards hosting Walkertown on Tuesday.