PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Lady Eagles beat East Surry for the second time in two weeks, earning a 4-1 win on the road.
Surry Central scored twice in the first half and added a third goal shortly into the second half to take the drama out of the cross-county rivalry.
The match was scoreless for the first 15 minutes before the visiting Eagles broke through.
Maddy Snow played a beautiful ball to Laura Dobbins, said Central coach Matt Richardson. Laura let it roll by her, then chased after it and played it high inside the near post to beat the keeper.
Laura has stepped up, said the coach.
“We’ve had her at forward for several weeks now. Typically she’s been a midfielder,” he said. However, some injuries knocked players out of the starting lineup, and people had to move to new roles.
Laura’s game has gotten better since last year, he said. She finds ways to get her shot off under duress, something she couldn’t have done last year. With more practice and experience, she is playing faster and smarter.
One of the players Dobbins needed to replace was Kelsey Taylor, the three-sport star who played out front with Haylee Harrison last year.
Taylor suffered a quadriceps injury and was out of the lineup for a few matches. She got into the game some Wednesday and managed to score the second goal of the game off a feed from Harrison in the 30th minute.
Kelsey used her left foot to send it far post into the side netting, Richardson said. The keeper didn’t have a chance at that one.
The lead remained 2-0 into the break. About six minutes into the second half, Central scored again.
It was a corner kick, and Sofia Valle hit a liner kind of low, said the coach.
Victoria Olchowoj beat her marker and headed the ball from about the top of the six-yard box for the goal.
Victoria wins the ball, that is what she does, he said. She is a great competitor with more heart than anybody on the field.
About nine minutes later, Central’s Emilee Stanley slid a ball to Dobbins for a one-on-one chance at the keeper. Dobbins’ second score made it 4-0, the same score as the first meeting March 20.
In the 65th minute, the Cards broke through off a penalty kick.
Maria Mares struck the ball very well, and Central keeper Nohemi Lara couldn’t do anything with that ball, Richardson noted.
Nohemi came up with some good saves, especially off corner kicks, he said. She and Tori Blevins are seniors who are getting their first experience at keeper and doing a good job.
Surry Central travels to Wilkes Central on Monday, while East Surry has a match at North Stokes Friday.