The Mount Airy soccer team has been an offensive juggernaut to start the 2015 season, scoring 15 goals in its first three matches.
On Tuesday night, the Granite Bears continued their scoring ways in a 10-2 victory over the Thomasville Bulldogs.
Mount Airy (2-2) fell behind early, with coach Will Hurley still building on his defense, but the Granite Bears poured it on late in the first half and throughout the entire second half.
“I think I got them to understand we were all pushing up, instead of holding back and letting our midfield catch up,” Hurley said. “We just tried to slow their progress down while not slowing ourselves down.”
Thomasville (1-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 19 minutes of action before Mount Airy responded. A penalty-kick goal from Jose Perez cut the Bulldogs deficit in half with 20 minutes remaining in the first period.
The Bulldogs stretched their lead back to two goals just six minutes later, but Mount Airy then got rolling, scoring the next nine goals in the match.
Perez once again got the comeback started. Malcolm Malone sent a throw-in towards the goal and onto the run of Perez, who calmly slotted his shot past the keeper.
Jeremy Chappell scored the final two goals in the first half to give Mount Airy a 4-3 lead, and both goals came in the final four minutes.
“Coach pulled us in and got our head screwed on straight,” Chappell said. “We came out and dominated the rest of the game.”
His first was off another assist from Malone, and Chappell’s second goal was a beautiful right-footed shot across his body that found the inside of the far-post.
The Granite Bears carried this momentum into the second half as they further grew their lead. Austin Tumbarello scored two goals off assists from Perez to push the Mount Airy lead to 6-3.
The second Tumbarello goal was courtesy of a lovely display of skill from Perez. The junior forward danced down the left sideline, making three Thomasville defenders whiff on tackles, and when he got to the byline he sent a cross into the box that Tumbarello easily blasted into the top of the goal.
“No, I wasn’t thinking about a shot,” Perez said “I was always trying to get down there and put the ball in the center.”
Matthew Dodd, Gentry Williamson, Chappell and an own-goal from Thomasville wrapped up the scoring for Mount Airy in the match.
The biggest positive for Coach Hurley in this contest was the play of the Granite Bears’ defense after the team fell behind. The Granite Bears have now given up 14 goals in just four matches, but Hurley is beginning to see his team make the right adjustments.
“We’re a very explosive team,” Hurley said. “We can score, I don’t think there is a player on our team who isn’t capable of scoring, we just have to tighten up a little bit. But, tonight was a great result.”
Goalkeeper Jesus Orozco was a bright spot for the Mount Airy defense on Tuesday, especially in the second half. Orozco made six saves in the final period alone.
Mount Airy will look to maintain the right balance of offense and defense in its next match on Thursday against North Wilkes.
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