PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry jumped out to a 2-0 lead on West Stokes, but wound up in a 2-2 tie.
The Cardinals had several opportunities in both halves, but those near misses allowed the Wildcats to hang around and eventually tie the game.
The Cards scored first on a quick play. Andrew Kozlow threw the ball in from the right sideline near the 30-yard line. A teammate lifted a pass diagonally across the field, and Brody Gentry slammed the pass into the net from the far side.
Later in the first half, Storm Livingston scored to make it 2-0.
The Cards very nearly made it 3-0 when the keeper dove to make a stop. The ball trickled through his grasp toward the net, but a defender swept in to kick the ball away inches from the scoring line.
There was a similar play in the second half, said head coach Bill Hart. Then Cole Casstevens had two attempts bounce off a post, just inches from a score.
The team showed improvement in ball possession, said Hart, “but we didn’t do enough to finish the game.”
Credit the West keeper for playing a good game, said Hart, but it is still disappointing that East couldn’t have gotten one more goal.
Keeper Andrew Rogers went out of the game limping in the first half. Kozlow filled in at keeper until the break. Rogers returned in the second half. Austin Haymore went out of the game for several minutes in the first half, grasping his left shoulder. He did return and was able to make throw-ins from the side.
The schedule has East Surry playing Elkin this week, but that was canceled, said Hart. The Cards next host Surry Central on Thursday.