PILOT MOUNTAIN — The East Surry soccer team got off to a rough start in the 2015 season after finishing up the first week with three straight losses.
However, the Cardinals got their second week started in style on Monday with a 10-1 victory over Alleghany. Seven different Cards scored goals for East Surry in the dominating win.
“I’m just really happy for the freshmen,” senior captain Trace Simmons said. “They hadn’t gotten their first high school win yet, so I was glad they got to experience that.”
Aside from the freshmen, Simmons is also happy for his new coach, Mike Lowery. Simmons admitted that his coach has been stressed since East Surry’s first loss of the season and it was nice to provide Lowery with his first career win as a high school coach.
On the field, Simmons put in an all-around performance for East Surry. The all-conference selection from last season scored two goals and recorded three assists against the Trojans Monday. He was constantly looking for the open man in the final-third.
The Cardinals dominated from start to finish and opened up the scoring just six minutes into the match.
Simmons intercepted a pass from the Alleghany goalkeeper and headed it on to the run of Diego Rebollar who was one-on-one with the goalie. Rebollar put the ball on his left foot and guided his shot past the goalie and into the bottom corner.
Rebollar was a disruptive force for East Surry throughout the match. The speedy sophomore consistently forced turnovers and chipped in one assist and a second goal midway thru the first half.
“We had great ball-movement today,” Simmons said. “We tried to work the work the triangles and always keep the ball moving.”
One of the highlights of the match came with seven minutes remaining in the first half. East Surry earned a free-kick just outside the penalty box, and sweeper Storm Lvingston jogged from his spot in the back line to take the aim at the Alleghany goal.
Livingston drove a beautiful shot just to the right of Alleghany’s four-man wall. The ball curved back towards goal and found the back of the net. Livingston’s goal made the score 6-0.
The other goal scorers for East Surry were Javier Ruiz, Adrian Caro, Dylan Wagoner and Ryan Sutterby. Ruiz notched two goals while the other Cardinals each scored once.
Aside from Simmons and Rebollar, Ryan Sisk, Gonzalo Chavez, Brady Jessup and Ruiz each supplied one assist for East Surry.
East Surry will look to keep this momentum going on Wednesday in a revenge match against West Stokes. The Cardinals fell to the Wildcats 1-0 earlier this season in a match that was called at halftime due to weather.
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