The Mount Airy soccer team is winding down its regular season with a chance to make the final matches of the season very meaningful once more.
The Granite Bears sustained their first conference loss of the season on Oct. 4, when the Bears fell 3-1 at Bishop McGuinness, but remain in second place in the league standings as the second round of Northwest 1A Conference contests begin tonight, with Mount Airy visiting Walkertown.
Mount Airy (13-4-1, 3-1 NW1A) nearly got derailed by a one-man band on Monday night, when they finished the first round of conference matches at Atkins. The Camels (5-13, 1-4) have struggled this season, and they struggled on Monday — all but a 5’5” senior striker named Boston Frazier, who nearly beat the Bears all by himself.
Things started out as business as usual for Mount Airy. Frazier managed to get a shot past Bear keeper Jesus Orozco in the first half, but Mount Airy dominated play and scored four times in the opening 40 minutes. But in a turnabout from normal, in which the Bears almost always perform better in the second half, they came out flat and failed to score in the second half of play. Frazier, however, didn’t come out flat, and he tallied three additional goals during the second half of regulation and sent the match into overtime as a 4-4 tie.
This sent the match into two 10-minute overtime periods. Neither team scored in the first overtime, but Frazier got his fifth goal in the second. Unfortunately for him, the Bears scored two, and escaped Winston-Salem with a 6-5 victory.
Austin Tumbarello and Matthew Dodd each scored twice for Mount Airy. Jesus Martinez and Malcolm Malone had one each. Tumbarello also had two assists and Martinez one.