PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry bounced back from an 0-2 deficit to beat Atkins 4-2 in soccer Tuesday.
The Cardinals seemed sluggish at the start with Atkins beating them to the ball.
Coach Bill Hart said he had to give credit to Atkins for showing a lot of hustle and earning two early points.
Hart turned to his bench for a spark, subbing in every able-bodied player at one time.
Hart said it was like UNC basketball coach Roy Williams sending in his Blue team.
The Cards were missing three starters, but Hart didn’t want to use that as an excuse. Defenders Andrew Kozlow and Trace Simmons were out with injuries, and Ethan Atkins was serving a one-game suspension after picking up a couple of yellow cards in the last match.
The Kozlow and Simmons injuries meant that Jimmy Speer had to move around to multiple spots to fill in, noted Hart.
As for his bench, the coach praised Eddie Nunez and Ty Covington.
Covington played the midfield and provided a lot of energy, while defender Nunez really stepped up when the team needed him.
With the boost from the bench, the Cards looked like a different team, beating the Camels to 50/50 balls and getting more chances at the goal.
The Cards scored their only goal of the first half off a free kick from just outside the box. Souli Boutis sent the ball into the net.
Brayan Gomez nearly had a couple of goals in the first half, but narrowly missed. The sophomore was pressing a little, according to Hart.
Gomez did come through in the second half, scoring once himself and assisting on another.
East Surry tied the game in the second half when a player floated a ball into the keeper’s box. The ball was batted around some, then Brayan headed it into the net, said Hart.
The Cards scored again to take the lead, but Hart said he wasn’t sure who got credit for that one.
The final goal came from Brody Gentry off a “beautiful cross from Brayan,” said the coach.
East Surry next travels to Walkertown on Thursday.