DOBSON — The Surry Central soccer team built a 3-0 lead over Ashe County on Thursday night before the Golden Eagles started to slip, both on offense and defense.
The Huskies scored two quick goals late in the second half and looked destined for a third.
However, Surry Central (5-0) held on and stayed undefeated with a 3-2 victory over the Huskies, but the win wasn’t for the faint of heart.
“It’s definitely frustrating,” said Central coach Blake Roth. “We came out and looked so good, but we gave up those two goals and all of a sudden we looked scared to give up the third. We didn’t stay on the attack, but we will take the win in the end.”
Surry Central was in attack mode from the start as it dominated possession and created a plethora of chances in the opening half. The Eagles were creative in the final third of the field and had six shots before the Huskies recorded their first.
However, the first goal of the match didn’t come until the 19th minute. Javier Villicana received a pass and charged down the left sideline before crossing the ball into the box.
His pass floated past all of the Ashe County defenders and right to Adrian Gonzalez, who blasted a right-footed shot near-post and past the goalie.
Surry Central extended its lead before the half thanks to a wonderful free kick from Miguel Tello in the 39th minute.
The left-footer lined it up from 25 yard out and close to the right sideline. He sent in a dangerous ball that was a mix between shot and cross, but it found the back of the net to make it 2-0.
It was Tello’s third goal off a free kick this season.
The Golden Eagles scored their final goal just nine minutes into the start of the second half. A good spell of possession opened up some space in the box for Julio Sánchez and he provided a nice pass to Arturo López who calmly tucked it away for a 3-0 lead.
“We’ve got a very dynamic and creative offense,” Roth said. “Tonight we were able to only take one or two touches on the ball before we passed it and it made the offense fast. We moved the ball very quickly and we took advantage of it.”
The offense was flowing and the defense was solid, but it all changed in an instant for the Golden Eagles.
The Huskies still had only one shot on goal, but they tightened up the score in a flash on their next two attempts.
Andrew Tedder made a great run from the back and got on the end of a lofted thru-ball from Omar Reyes. Johnathan DeSantiago, Surry Central’s goalie, came off his line but was too late as Tedder knocked the ball into the back of the net with 29 minutes remaining in the contest.
Ashe made it a one-goal deficit just five minutes later when Erik Barcenas scored from just inside the penalty area with his right foot.
Both goals came against the run of play, but from this point forward, Surry Central played on its heels and struggled to possess the ball. Then Huskies’ best opportunity to equalize came with 11 minutes left and by way of a free kick.
Victor Melo laced his shot over the wall and on target, but DeSantiago reacted well and made the save.
Roth admitted that his team didn’t play well at the end, and he considered himself fortunate to escape with the victory.
Surry Central will go for its sixth-consecutive win on Monday night when it hosts West Wilkes.
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