The Elkin boys’ soccer team defeated North Surry 3-0 on Tuesday, and the Elks made the most of every time they got their hands on the ball.
All three of Elkin’s goals came from a long throw-in, and they were all against the run of play.
North Surry (0-1) took seven more shots than its opponent, but failed to create many chances close to the Elkin (1-1) goal. The Elks kept the Greyhounds outside the penalty box and forced North Surry into long-distance shots.
“Coming off a pretty rough loss last night to Hibriten, where not a lot went right, we came out strong and played physical,” Elkin coach Heath Foster said. “We missed a few opportunities, but the pace of play and our touch was better.”
Elkin’s first goal came fourteen minutes into the match when Reid Turner lofted a throw deep inside the North Surry box. Juan Anuario got in between two Greyhound defenders and casually headed the ball into the back of the net.
North Surry nearly tied the match just five minutes later when Alex Jones launched a deep shot toward goal, but it banged harmlessly off the crossbar.
The Greyhounds were dangerous throughout the first half. They dominated possession and threatened again with 15 minutes left in the half when David Martinez drove down the left sideline and cut inside to his right foot. His shot was low and looked like it was heading for the goal, but Carlos Trejo made the save for Elkin.
Trejo made four saves in his shutout performance.
While the Greyhounds dominated posession in the first half, both teams created plenty of chances in the second period.
However, the Elks took advantage of their opportunities. Elkin’s second goal of the match was also off a toss from Turner, but this time the North Surry keeper mishandled the throw, which allowed Jue Cortez to jump onto the loose ball and poke it with his left foot for a goal.
“In the first half we didn’t take advantage of some opportunities because we held on to the ball too long,” Foster said. “I told them to take one touch, open yourself up, and play a through-ball.”
The final goal came with seven minutes remaining. A quick throw-in allowed Pedro Galeana to be one-on-one with the North Surry keeper. Galeana glided the ball past the goalie and easily scored into an empty-net.
The Greyhounds will look for their first victory today when they travel to Starmount, while Elkin’s next opponent will be Surry Central on Saturday.
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