The Mount Airy soccer team posted its second shutout victory in as many days on Tuesday evening. And this was one that coach Will Hurley didn’t mind celebrating.
“This was a really good team effort, we were ready to go today,” the coach said of his team’s 6-0 rout of visiting Atkins. “Our defense was a lot better than it was last night.”
The Lady Bears (8-7-2, 4-2 Northwest 1A Conference) had taken a 1-0 victory over South Stokes on Monday night that no one, even their coach, attributed to anything but luck. Mount Airy had been badly outplayed for most of the match, but got a goal off a free kick from Baylee Greenwood and held on for the win.
They earned their victory on Tuesday. Mount Airy came out attacking and it took Judy Madrigal just 90 seconds to put her team on the board. Greenwood added a second goal before intermission and the Lady Bears were in command, with a 2-0 lead going into the break.
The hosts poured it on in the second half, with Greenwood, Kaylee George, Allie Sechrist and Kora Ledezma all finding the back of the net. Jessica Miranda earned an assist on Ledezma’s goal, while Greenwood added another to a list of memorable plays from her freshman season.
“She drew a penalty kick herself,” said Hurley. “She was in the box and an Atkins girl just tackled her.”
It didn’t do the Lady Camels (3-10-3, 1-5) any good. Greenwood called her own number on the PK and scored anyway.
Thanks to a dominant effort from the Mount Airy defense, goalkeeper Ailia Halpern, the heroine of the win over South Stokes, needed to make just two saves on weak Atkins shots.
“They got a few runs on our defense, but we shut them down,” said Hurley.
The Lady Bears are scheduled to visit NW1A cellar-dweller Walkertown on Friday night, but the game may be moved to Thursday depending on the weather forecast.