Mount Airy soccer scored seven times in the first half and cruised to a 10-2 win over North Wilkes on Thursday.
The Granite Bears have now posted three straight wins after two tough losses at the start of the season.
The Bears outscored their three opponents 27-6 in these three wins after losing 4-3 and 6-5 to open the year.
“We’re starting three freshmen,” noted coach Will Hurley. While that gives the Bears some inexperience, the coach believes this will make the team stronger as they grow and learn.
Mount Airy is still missing sweeper Daniel Ballard who had been battling a sore foot in the preseason. The doctor wanted Daniel to rest it for a month, so hopefully he will be back with the team in a couple of weeks.
Hurley said he proud of the way the team shared the ball around. Even with 10 goals, no one earned a hat trick (three goals).
Jose Perez had the biggest stats of the night with two goals and two assists.
Freshman Austin Tumbarello scored two goals. He is the younger brother of the recently graduated Micaela Tumbarello who played soccer and was an all-conference sprinter.
Senior Gentry Williamson scored two goals, so did Cooper Nester.
Jeremy Chappell had one goal and one assists. Chandler Snyder made one assist.
Robert Brown had one assist to Jose Perez and scored off a bizarre play.
The Bears earned a corner kick, and Robert made the kick, said Hurley. The ball arced through the air, struck one of the Vikings in the back of the head and ricocheted into the goal.
While the offense is clicking, Hurley had good things to say about his back line, too.
Daniel Garcia, Luis Osorno, Jesus Luna and Anselmo Salazar did a good job of keeping the ball away from the keeper. Jesus Orozco only had to make five saves, Hurley said.
Of course, it would have been even better if Orozco had made seven saves, the coach said with a smile.
The Bears host East Wilkes on Monday in the middle of a four-game home stand. Then Mount Airy has rival North Surry coming in on Tuesday before going to Elkin to finish the week.