It’s no secret that if you looked in the sky Monday afternoon the sun was blocked out by a large sphere. While many think that the moon was between the sun and Earth, it was actually a soccer ball being used by the Mount Airy Granite Bears that obstructed sunlight in the area.
Mount Airy hosted the West Wilkes Blackhawks and had no problem sending the visiting team back home in a timely manner. The Bears scored an incredible 12 goals on 23 shots…all in the first half.
It was evident that Will Hurley’s squad was excited to play on their home field for the first time in 2017. The first four minutes of play saw the Bears take four shots, giving the opposing keeper a preview of what was to come. Senior Julio Contreras broke the ice in the fourth minute by sending the ball soaring into the back of the net.
The announcer for the Granite Bears would not soon forget Contreras’ name, as the senior scored his next goal in the next 60 seconds. Sophomore Bryan Valadez notched his first goal of the match in the seventh minute, followed by Contreras completing a hat trick in minute 13.
After 10 minutes of only playing defense, West Wilkes made a slight run that was ceased by the Bear back line led by senior Robert Brown. Brown extinguished any counterattack mounted by the Blackhawks.
Not wanting to be outdone by Contreras, senior Austin Tumbarello took it upon himself to join the hat trick club. Tumbarello scored in the 14th, 16th, and 18th minutes to extend the Granite Bear lead to seven.
Valadez rejoined the fray by scoring the eighth goal of the match in the 20th minute. Contreras scored his fourth goal of the match in the 22nd minute, followed by goals from juniors Kaleb Morrison and Luis Osorno in the 25th and 30th minutes. The final goal of the match was scored in the 32nd minute by sophomore Liam Overby before the referees called the game at halftime due to the mercy rule.
Julio Contreras led Mount Airy with four goals, followed by Austin Tumbarello with three and Bryan Valadez with two. Kaleb Morrison, Luis Osorno, and Liam Overby each had one goal. Contreras, Robert Brown, junior Jesus Lachino, and freshman Jarrett Jimenez each had an assist.
Mount Airy (2-0) will face North Wilkes (0-1) Thursday at home. West Wilkes (0-2) looks for its first win of the season when it hosts Alexander Central (1-1) Tuesday.
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