DOBSON — Surry Central soccer coach Blake Roth believes North Surry goalie Ivan Barrientos is one of the best keepers in the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference.
Roth thinks it can be a challenge at times to score on Barrientos, but his Golden Eagle squad was able to put up six goals Wednesday in a 6-0 victory over North Surry.
Unfortunately for Barrientos, Surry Central’s first three goals all came off rebounds from saves he was forced to make.
In the fourth minute, a quick shot was deflected away by the North Surry goalie, but Brayan Gomez was the first to respond and finished what Josh Gibson started for a 1-0 lead.
Seven minutes later, Javier Villicana had a long strike that forced yet another Barrientos save, but this time it was Adrian Gonzalez who tucked away the rebound with a beautiful low screamer into the left corner of the net.
Surry Central pushed its lead to 3-0 right before the half. Julio Cristobal launched a free kick into the box and forced another stop, and Miguel Tello cashed in on the final rebound goal of the half for the Golden Eagles.
Roth’s team refused to rest on its laurels and extended its lead in the 44th minute on a clever give-and-go sequence involving Gomez and Luis Padilla. It culminated in a goal from Gomez, but Roth was thrilled with the display of skill by Padilla.
“(Padiall) was so excited, he celebrated as if he had scored the goal,” Roth said. “He comes off the bench, and as a younger player on a junior- and senior-laden team, this should be a big confidence-booster for him.”
After Padilla’s goal, a former Greyhound started to torment his own school.
Senior Josh Gibson transferred from North Surry to Surry Central as a freshman, and on Wednesday he scored two goals against his former teammates.
His first score came in the 53rd minute off a cross from Arturo Lopez. Gibson headed the pass across the mouth of the goal and into the back of the net.
Gibson found himself on the scoresheet again just a minute later. Gomez sent a swerving cross into the box that Gibson was able to chest down to his feet. His initial shot was blocked by the North Surry goalie, but he pounced on the rebound for a 6-0 lead.
“Very happy for Josh Gibson,” Roth said. “This was his first start for the varsity and he deserves all the accolades from this game. He’s one of the hardest workers on our team.”
Surry Central will look to get back on top of the WPAC standings on Monday night when Forbush comes to Dobson. The Falcons are the only conference opponent to beat the Golden Eagles this season.
Forbush dropped its junior varsity team during the season, so Monday’s game will start at 5:30 p.m. Senior night festivities will take place at halftime.