WINSTON-SALEM — Surry Central soccer faced stiff competition, but remains undefeated after a 2-2 tie with North Forsyth.
North Forsyth came into the match 3-1-1, with its only loss to 4A Parkland. The Golden Eagles were 6-0, but four of those wins were 9-0 blowouts, so coach Blake Roth was looking for a challenge.
The Eagles got that Tuesday as the Vikings never trailed, scoring first in the 19th minute.
There were a lot of whistles in the first half that hurt continuity, Roth said. Then the game was much cleaner in the second half.
On the first goal, Central was whistled for a foul just a yard outside the 18-yard box.
Roth said he argued a little with the referee on the call, but he sure couldn’t argue with the results. “It was a beautiful shot,” he said. Keeper Jonathan DeSantiago got a piece of the ball, but couldn’t stop it.
Just one minute, however, Central tied it back up as Adrian Gonzalez scored unassisted.
The score remained 1-1 for 14 minutes until Central was whistled for a foul in the box. North Forsyth converted a penalty kick for a 2-1 lead.
With just a minute to go before halftime, the Eagles scored the tying goal with Justo Cristobal unassisted.
Justo almost made another goal in the first half, said Roth. In the 15th minute, he sent an impossible shot at the net, and somehow the goalie made a great save.
In the second half, the Vikings earned another penalty kick.
DeSantiago had to guess and dove to his left, said Roth. It was a well-placed ball toward the right corner, but Jonathan got a hand on it, then scrambled and dove on the deflection before the Vikings could react.
He is a first-year starter, and this should be a big confidence boost, said Roth. It doesn’t get much bigger than stopping a PK in a tie game.
The Eagles are off until traveling to Mount Airy next Tuesday.