The Mount Airy Bears soccer team took an 11-2 conference win against Walkertown in Tuesday’s home match.
Sophomore Jeremy Chappell led the Bears in scoring after recording four goals against the Wolfpack. Chappell’s four goals is his highest this season.
Chappell scored his first goal at 7:53, another at 13:40, and a hat trick at 16:07. The hat trick put the score Bears 10-2 with less than a minute to go in the match. Chappell struck again and closed the game 11-2, scoring with five seconds left in the match.
Head Coach Will Hurley said when the team was tired and ready to go, Chappell carried on to register a personal best. Hurley said the ball had been in and out of play, when Chappell secured a rebound ball, then punched it in for the finale.
Senior Mitchell Brown and freshman Jose Perez set the tone after both players struck first for the Bears in the opening minutes. Brown booted in at 2:12, good for a score. Perez then shot two, back-to-back goals, the first at 2:29 and second, at 3:45.
Also against the Wolfpack, Bear sophomore Chandler Snyder punched in two. Junior Christian Cabrera, pushed up from the backline, and recorded one; and sophomore Federico Machado booted in one.
Brown led in assists by recording two. Sam Watson recorded one, Carlos Carrillo recorded one, and Mason Epperson recorded one.
Hurley said Watson and Brown both had excellent games. He called Epperson’s assist “a beautiful one” to Cabrera, coming from the backline.
Eduardo Perez came in with some playing time at goalie and did well for the team, said Hurley. The match showed depth from the bench all the way around, he added.
The Bears and the East Surry Cards remain tied for first in the 1A Northwest Soccer Standings. The Bears and the Cardinals finished with a 3-3 tie score after meeting each other last Thursday.
Hurley said due to a pulled muscle, Felipe Chaves did not play in the game against the Cards, and that had an impact. Hurley rested Chaves against Walkertown for the upcoming conference match against Atkins.
After Tuesday’s finish, both teams remain tied for first. The Bear win advanced them to 3-0-1 in the conference and 14-0-1 overall. East Surry scored a 4-2 win over Atkins that also advanced them to 3-0-1 record in the 1A Northwest conference standings.
The Bears soccer team is scheduled to play conference team Atkins on Oct. 8 at home.