WINSTON-SALEM — The East Surry girls’ soccer team earned its first conference win on the season on Wednesday night at Atkins High. The 7-2 victory over the Camels halted a three-game losing streak for the Cardinals.
The lead was in favor of the home team towards the midpoint of the first half of play. At the 26:50 mark in the first, Mary Jo Lowe found the net and tied the match at 2. The Camels did not score again after notching two goals early in the first half.
The second half solely belonged to the visiting Cardinals as they tacked on another five goals in the second half to secure the Northwest 1A Conference matchup.
“My team came back very well and they never gave up. The girls starting working better as a team and that is why we came back,” said East Surry coiach Neal Oliver. “We beat a very good team tonight. There is no question that Atkins is a good team. Atkins has two or three girls up front that are very dangerous. We finally changed and realized what they were doing, and the girls started playing better.”
Eleven and a half minutes into the second half, East Surry broke the even mark with its third goal. Nearly 16 minutes later, Elyssa Jones recorded her first goal on the night and lifted the Cardinals to a 4-2 advantage. Almost five minutes later, Lowe earned her second and final score on the night with East Surry’s fifth goal. Natalie Zackman notched hers with 4:45 left to play. Lowe was in on the assist to Christina Chavez to seal the 7-2 score with Chavez’ second and final score of the night.
Chavez and Lowe both scored two goals, with the others coming from Easter, Jones and Zackman.
East Surry, now 3-5 overall, will travel to Surry Central to continue play on Monday at 5:30 p.m.