Bears use corners to crush Atkins


By Jackson Fuller - jfuller@civitasmedia.com



WINSTON-SALEM — The Mount Airy boys’ soccer team continued its hot finish to the 2015 season with a 7-0 win over the Atkins Camels on Wednesday night.

The victory gives the Granite Bears (14-5-1, 6-1) their longest winning streak of the year at seven matches.

“We possessed the ball really well, and the back line was solid throughout. We really shut their offense down,” Mount Airy coach Will Hurley said.

Mount Airy was prolific from set pieces on Monday, scoring three of their seven goals from corner kicks. Jeremy Chappell and Austin Tumbarello recorded hat tricks in the win.

“I’m asking myself, does this really have to end? I wish Jeremy was a junior and we had that combination (Chappell and Tumbarello) for one more year,” Hurley said.

Daniel Ballard chipped in Mount Airy’s final goal of the night. Hurley said that although Jose Perez didn’t end up on the stat sheet, the senior forward was the architect to the Granite Bear offense and passed the ball successfully all over the field against Atkins.

Robert Brown recorded three assists, with all three coming from Mount Airy’s successful corner kicks.

The Granite Bears have one more match on the ledger in the regular season, with a trip to East Surry next Tuesday. With a win, Mount Airy will clinch at least a tie of the Northwest Conference championship with Bishop McGuinness.

If the Villains and Bears finish tied atop the standings, there will be a 10-kick penalty shootout to decide which school will earn the NW1A’s top seed in the playoffs.

By Jackson Fuller

jfuller@civitasmedia.com

Reach Jackson at 415-4702 and on twitter @jacksonfuller16

Reach Jackson at 415-4702 and on twitter @jacksonfuller16

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