DOBSON — The Surry Central soccer team was without four starters in its match against South Stokes on Wednesday, but the Golden Eagles managed just fine.
The Sauras found themselves playing defense throughout most of the night in a 3-0 Surry Central win. Coach Blake Roth said that his team dominated possession and only yielded three shots on goal in its first conference match of the season.
The Golden Eagles (10-2-2, 1-0) got the scoring started in the 10th minute. Julio Sanchez collected the ball down the right sideline and beat a defender before sending in a low cross to Miguel Tello, who poked it home for a 1-0 lead.
Roth said that the South Stokes goalie was 6 feet 8 inches tall, and his team’s strategy was to keep the ball on the ground and out of the air on crosses.
Surry Central extended its lead in the 30th minute with a little help from the Sauras.
The South Stokes’ goalkeeper picked up a backwards pass from one of his defenders, resulting in an indirect free kick from about six yards out. Surry Central took it quickly and Adrian Gonzalez set up Sanchez to make the score 2-0.
Roth admitted he told his team it needed to wake up at halftime. Despite the lead, Surry Central’s coach believed his team could play better.
The Golden Eagles put the nail in the coffin in the 65th minute with a difficult goal from Tello. The midfielder gathered the ball on the Sauras’ end-line, beat a defender, and then beat the goalie near-post from what Roth called an “impossible angle.”
Surry Central got all of its players on the bench into the game and Roth thinks this could be valuable experience later in the conference season. Roth noted some of these players may have earned more time on the field with their performance on Wednesday.
One of those new faces with an impact was Ryan Gordon, making his first start in between the posts for Surry Central.
“Ryan did an excellent job,” Roth said. “He didn’t have much work, but he came out well and made a few stops when he had to.”
Surry Central will hope the rain holds off this weekend. The Golden Eagles are supposed to play two matches, starting on Friday against Carver and Saturday at West Iredell.
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