Bears beat Elks 4-1 in mud bowl

By Jeff Linville -

ELKIN — Mount Airy beat Elkin 4-1 in a game as noteworthy for the weather as the action.

There was a big downpour almost the whole second half, said a soaked Will Hurley. The head coach said the rain was so heavy at times that he couldn’t even see the ball from the sidelines.

The Granite Bears led 2-1 at the break, then scored a couple of times at the start of the second half.

“We got both goals early, and then the bottom dropped out,” said Hurley. It was almost comical because a couple of kids got called for fouls because they were slipping and running into each other. Someone started to fall and reached out to grab onto anything he could and earned a yellow card for a takedown.

Elkin won’t have time for the field to heal as the Elks host Mount Airy in football tonight.

“We broke it in for the football team that’s for sure,” Hurley said with a laugh.

With a couple of players out with injuries, Hurley said he had some younger players in the game this time.

A freshman scored his first varsity goal. Jesus Lachino is the younger brother of Kimberly Lachino, who starred for the girl’s team until graduating in June.

Julio Contreras scored two goals, and Chandler Snyder got the other one.

Cooper Nester, Jose Perez and Robert Brown handed out one assist each.

Robert played a very good game, said Hurley, especially with some kids out.

Just like the previous two games, the coach said his back line played well as a unit.

“They kept us in the game the whole time,” Hurley said of Daniel Garcia, Luis Osorno, Jesus Luna and Anselmo Salazar.

Keeper Jesus Orozco made five “really good saves,” said Hurley.

After an 0-2 start, the Bears now have won six straight matches.

Next up for the Bears is undefeated Surry Central at home on Tuesday.

By Jeff Linville

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