The first meeting of the season between local rivals North Surry and Mount Airy on the soccer pitch looked like it might be a closely-contested showdown for a while.
The Lady Bears’ Bailey Greenwood gave her team an early lead when she converted a penalty kick after the Lady Hounds committed a foul in the box, but North Surry came right back and tied the score when co-captain Alexa Hernandez got loose and crossed a ball to teammate Adaly Hernandez, who finished to even the match at 1.
However, the rest of the night belonged to the visitors, and to Greenwood in particular. The sophomore standout ended up scoring six goals for Mount Airy, and that double hat trick was instrumental in creating what eventually became a 9-1 road win for the Lady Bears.
North Surry (1-1) had opened on Thursday night with a 3-1 win at North Wilkes, but was never able to get anything else going against Mount Airy, which improved to 1-0-1 with the victory. The Lady Bears had opened with a draw against Starmount on the last day of February.
“We started possessing the ball really well after they scored, and we played really good team soccer,” said Mount Airy coach Will Hurley.
In addition to Greenwood, the team got goals from Nele Gorres, freshman Olivia Malone and Allie Sechrist. Gorres and Sechrist also were each credited with an assist.
“Our goalkeeper had four quality saves, and we got strong play in the midfield from Fatima Hernandez and Kora Ledezma,” said Hurley. “Our back-line defense of Jaden Brinkley, Casey Estes, Kamya Rose and Cheyenne Allen all did a good job.”
Mount Airy returns to action at home on Tuesday night against Alleghany High School. North Surry’s next match will be the same evening, at home against East Surry. The Lady Cardinals will be opening their own season in that match.