EAST BEND — The Surry Central soccer team made one too many mistakes on Wednesday night in a pivotal Western Piedmont match against the Forbush Falcons.
Coach Blake Roth believes that the Golden Eagles played well enough to win, but the Falcons came out with a good game plan and capitalized on two key mishaps as Surry Central fell 2-1 and dropped to second place in the conference.
“It’s hard to win when you beat yourself,” Roth said.
Forbush (13-1-2, 2-0) opened the scoring in the ninth minute on a quick throw-in that caught the Surry Central (10-2-3, 1-1) defense out of position. Ryan Miller won a foot-race against the last Golden Eagle defender and tucked away a goal for a 1-0 Falcon lead.
Surry Central responded 20 minutes later. Julio Sanchez launched a cross-field pass to Arturo Lopez that completely shifted the Forbush defense. Lopez found an opening on his first touch, releasing Miguel Tello on goal for the equalizer in the 29th minute.
Roth said that Surry Central controlled possession after this goal and dictated the flow of the game before halftime. He felt good about his team’s chances in the second half.
However, Forbush got the next goal just five minutes into the second period. A Surry Central defender misfired on a clearance and the ball skipped backwards toward the Eagle goal.
Forbush’s Ricardo Osorio was the quickest to react, and pounced on this mistake to produce the eventual game-winner.
Roth noted that Forbush’s already defensive game plan became even more extreme in the final stages of the game, allowing Surry Central ample time on the ball.
The Eagles turned this possession into some great opportunities, but the Falcon goalie made two or three great saves to keep his team in front, according to Roth.
Surry Central will look to bounce back on Monday night with a home match against West Stokes.