PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Lady Cardinals celebrated Senior Night with a 4-0 win over rival Mount Airy.
Lone senior Maria Mares passed out two assists as East Surry completed a season sweep of the Lady Bears. The Cards edged Mount Airy 3-2 on March 26.
The Cards jumped on the visiting quickly. Pumped up by Senior Night, the team scored in about a minute or a minute and a half, said Coach Bill Hart.
Mares fed the ball to Mary Jo Lowe for the score.
Only about two minutes later, Lowe scored again for a 2-0 lead.
By the end of the night, Lowe had scored all four goals, two off feeds from Mares and one from Lily Chavez.
The win improved the Cards to 7-2 in the Northwest Conference and 9-8 overall.
The Cards have won three of the past four games and travel to Walkertown today for the season finale.
The only two conference losses have come to Bishop McGuinness, which is in first place.
And in both of those games, the Cards did take the lead at some point, noted Hart.
While he was proud of his team’s effort, Hart said the big story of the game was Maria Mares.
“What a great leader she has been this year,” said the coach. “She has mentored nine freshmen out of the 17 girls on the team. … She has been a tremendous leader and a great example to the young girls.”
As for the Lady Bears, Mount Airy had a five-game unbeaten streak ruined by the Lady Villains.
The Bears had beaten North Stokes, Walkertown, North Wilkes and Atkins. Then they ended in a 1-1 tie with rival North Surry before falling to Bishop and East in the past two games. That puts Mount Airy in third place in the Northwest standings.