DOBSON — The Surry Central soccer team responded to its coach’s wishes on Tuesday with a dominant 3-1 win over North Davidson.
Coach Blake Roth knew his team could play better defensively, and the Golden Eagles (8-1-2) turned in a fine performance against a powerful 4A school. The only goal Surry Central gave up came from a penalty kick.
Roth said he would have liked to see a shutout, but he is pleased with the progress his team made on Tuesday regardless.
Surry Central scored its first goal of the match in the 10th minute on a score from Just Cristóbal. Brayan Gomez sent in a cross from the right sideline to an open Cristóbal for the easy finish.
Gomez had an impact in every Surry Central goal, and he got on the score sheet himself in the 16th minute.
Fernando Talavera lofted a beautiful ball through the seam of the Knights’ defense and onto the run of Gomez who was one-on-one with the goalie and slotted away a 2-0 lead for the Eagles.
Surry Central got the dagger in the opening minute of the second half. Gomez recorded his second assist of the night to Cristóbal on another low cross, this time from the left sideline.
Gomez had to outmuscle a defender before he sent in the dangerous cross.
The Knights’ penalty goal came with 16 minutes remaining in the match.
Offensively, Roth noted that Surry Central did an excellent job possessing and moving the ball in the midfield. He said that the Eagles played their style of soccer and dictated the tempo throughout the evening.
The Eagles next match will be at home against Mount Airy on Thursday night.
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