The Lady Bears got two first-half goals from a freshman and went on to beat the rival Lady Greyhounds 5-1 Friday.
Mount Airy jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first half and only allowed a score off a penalty kick to best North Surry.
Jaden Brinkley scored twice. One came off a throw-in from Calle Fulton that went over the head of a defender so that the freshman could finish off the play with a low shot past the keeper.
On the second goal, Brinkley curved a shot around a defender and away from the keeper into the left corner.
Jaden had a great game, said Coach Will Hurley.
Calle has a strong throw, said the coach, so he has been working with her on throw-in plays in practice.
Sophomore Jessica Miranda was very active again, he noted. She had two assists and one goal.
The goal came after a teammate fired a shot toward the goal from the right side. North Surry’s keeper got in front of the ball, but couldn’t pull it in cleanly. Miranda raced forward and batted the ball before the keeper could respond.
The other goal in the first half came from a defender. Abigail Pedraza was moved from the back line to the front midway through the half. She tallied an assist and goal.
Hurley said he thought his back line played very well, leaving keeper Kathryn Beasley with only seven saves to make in the game.
The lone North score came after a mental error with someone knocking a Greyhound down in the box, the coach said. Kailen Hauser finished the penalty kick for the Hounds.
Mount Airy’s Maria Villegas scored the final goal after that.
After a couple of early wins, the Bears weren’t playing together as a team, Hurley said. Much of that blame can go to the lack of practices so early in the season,
Still, earlier in the week in a loss to Surry Central, Hurley saw his team start to gel. The girls were playing more like a team, and that carried over to the North Surry game.
This happened even with the team minus three senior captains in Marissa Petri, Jessica Escutia and Maria Rodriguez.
If the weather permits, the Bears and Hounds are scheduled for a rematch on Tuesday, then Mount Airy has another rival in East Surry on Wednesday.