PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Lady Cardinals kept it close, but couldn’t pull even with Elkin in a 2-1 soccer loss Monday.
East Surry held the Lady Elks scoreless for the first 31 minutes, but couldn’t score itself until the last eight minutes.
On the first goal, the Elks sent a pass toward the goal that got by the defenders.
As the keeper moved up toward the ball, one of the defenders tried to screen Elkin’s forward away from the ball, but the Elk still managed to sneak a foot out and deflect it past the keeper and into the goal.
The second goal was a deflection off a cross that East head coach Bill Hart admitted was a pretty play. That put the Cards down 2-0.
With about eight minutes left, the Cards had a throw-in and played the ball toward the goal.
Junior Kristel Hicinbothem got a foot on the ball and blasted it into the net.
This is a very young team this year, said Hart. The Cards lost nine seniors from last year’s team, including all-conference performer Panayiota Boutis and honorable mention Nathallie Chavez.
This year’s team has only one senior, Maria Mares, and a lot of underclassmen, said Hart.
With all the bad weather so far this season, all of the teams have been struggling for practice time, but it hurts a younger team more than an experienced one, he noted.
While the Cards fell to 0-2, Hart believes the two games were productive losses.
Hart said he has been able to get a better grasp on how well every can play and what positions they seem better suited to man.
The Cards travel to West Stokes today in a rematch of last week’s season opener. The Lady Wildcats won that match 8-0.