DOBSON — It took some time for the Surry Central girls soccer team to get on the scoreboard against North Stokes, but once the Lady Eagles found their opening goal, the flood gates opened.
Surry Central was in control right from the start of a 5-0 victory over the Lady Vikings on Wednesday, but the Eagles needed some time to find the finishing touch. The North Stokes goalie made six saves in the first 10 minutes alone.
The Vikings continued to execute a bend-don’t-break defense until the 23rd minute, when Surry Central finally broke through. Sophia Valle’s long-distance shot hit the left post, but the rebound fell to Jenni Osorno in a favorable position. Osorno centered a pass to the left-foot of Anai Gomez, who produced a perfect left-footed chip shot over the Viking goalie and into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
“Sometimes it’s just that kind of game. It’s tough to get that first one to fall,” Surry Central coach Matt Richardson said. “We ended up getting some on the board at the end of the first half to give us a nice two-goal cushion heading into the second half.”
Surry Central doubled its lead just on the edge of halftime. Valle sent in a dangerous cross off a corner kick into an extremely crowded penalty box. The ball was knocked around before finding its way to defender Kasandra Peña, who tucked her shot away for a 2-0 lead.
Both of Surry Central’s goals in the first half were a perfect representation of what the Lady Eagles did well on Wednesday night. The first was product of a turnover deep inside the North Stokes’ half, and the second off a corner kick from Valle.
However, Surry Central’s best goal of the evening came just two minutes into the second half. Jiselle Cortes surged down the right sideline, but she calmly turned to set up the offense with a backwards pass to Gomez.
With the Lady Vikings out of position after chasing Cortes, Gomez sent in a low cross to Cochran, but the freshman kept the pretty ball movement going with another pass to Valle, who finished things off with a low shot inside the left post.
“There are a lot of different things you can do when you play the ball back and play it well,” Richardson said. “We did a good job of that today, and it’s something that we actually haven’t done a good job of in recent games. So it was nice to see the girls make some strides there.”
Although they didn’t record an assist or score a goal, Sarah Ford and Mallory Spagnoletti were the two Lady Eagles who most consistently received the back passes on Wednesday. They were able to create some dangerous chances, especially in the first half when Surry Central hadn’t yet found its goal-scoring from.
Valle made it 4-0 with 30 minutes remaining off a penalty kick goal. The free-kick specialist for Surry Central made it look easy, with a low shot to the right as the North Stokes goalie dove to her left.
The final goal of the night came from freshman Sarah Marion, who sent a curving shot into the upper right side of the net with 26 minutes remaining.
“Sarah works so hard and can do a lot of different things for us, it’s great for her to get that first goal,” Richardson said. “The only thing I was angry about was I missed it. I turned around to talk to the team. I heard it was a really nice goal, though.”
Next up for the Lady Eagles is a Thursday home match against North Forsyth. Surry Central should be well-rested since Wednesday’s blowout allowed everyone on the roster to get both playing time and rest.
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