Bears roll to 4th straight soccer win

Staff Report

Mount Airy soccer thumped East Wilkes for the second time in a week on Monday.

After starting the season with two close losses, the Granite Bears haven’t left anything to chance in a four-game winning streak. The closest margin in those wins was six when the Bears beat East Wilkes on the road a week earlier 7-1.

Then came 10-3 over Thomasville and 10-2 over North Wilkes before this home 9-0 blowout.

Coach Will Hurley said his team was up 5-0 at the half and then closed the match early with the ninth goal with about 12 minutes left.

Hurley said his team had more creativity in the midfield this time, which led to better chances at the goal.

However, he said the team was very impatient and rushed shots in the first half. The Bears had 17 missed shots in the first half, and most of those were no threat to the keeper.

In the second half, the Bears took only six shots and made four of them.

Three players had two goals each: Austin Tumbarello, Gentry Williamson and Malcolm Malone. Robert Brown and Jeremy Chappell scored one goal each.

The backup keeper got a goal, to the delight of his teammates, said Hurley. Getting a chance out in the field, Bryan Hernandez made the most of his with a score.

Chandler Snyder passed out three assists. Julio Contreras and Jose Perez had one assist each.

After giving up 10 goals in the first two games, Hurley said his defense is coming together nicely.

For the second straight game he praised the back line of Daniel Garcia, Luis Osorno, Jesus Luna and Anselmo Salazar.

Keeper Jesus Orozco made six saves, including one on a penalty kick.

Today, the Bears (4-2) host rival North Surry (1-4). The JV game is at 5:15 p.m., followed by varsity at 7 p.m.

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