Jeremy Chappell got his first taste of the Mount Airy and East Surry soccer rivalry two seasons ago as a sophomore. After losing both games to the Cardinals in 2014, Chappell was eager to flip the script this year.
The senior captain ignited the Mount Airy offense on Tuesday night, and his four goals propelled the Granite Bears to a 6-1 victory over the Cardinals.
“I noticed when we were in the locker room before the game that we were pretty pumped for this game,” Chappell said. “We just came out and just executed perfectly.”
Mount Airy’s players showed how pumped they were by seizing control of the match in its early stages. The Granite Bears got their first goal just 10 minutes into the first half from Jose Perez.
The senior forward controlled the ball on the left sideline and dribbled past a defender before he slotted his shot into the back of the net from a difficult angle. It was his 11th goal of the season.
Three of Chappell’s goals were one-on-one situations with the goalkeeper. He began to put his stamp on the game with 15 minutes remaining in the first half.
“We took the ball and just switched it right across their back side when we took over,” Chappell said. “We just got the runs down the back, and that’s what we practiced all week.”
His first strike came from a beautiful through ball from Austin Tumbarello down the middle of the pitch, giving Chappell an easy opportunity against East Surry goalie Ryan Sutterby that he tucked away into the bottom left corner.
Six minutes later, Chappell scored his second goal to give Mount Airy a 3-0 lead that it carried into halftime. Chappell capitalized on his own rebound for the score, and the initial pass came from Julio Contreras.
The Granite Bears kept their foot on the pedal in the second half, scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes.
Chappell was once again on the scoring end of a long cross, this time from Perez, in the 48th minute. Chappell received the pass and launched a right-footed shot across his body and beat the Cardinal keeper far post.
He scored his final goal two minutes later, sneaking his shot underneath the charging Sutterby for a 5-0 lead.
East Surry got its lone goal with 18 minutes remaining through a penalty. A Cardinal forward was brought down inside the box during a corner kick, and Storm Livingston stepped up and scored from the spot.
This was the only goal Bryan Hernandez allowed in his first start of the season. Normally the backup, Hernandez replaced the injured Jesus Orozco and recorded two saves.
“(Hernandez) really played well,” Bear coach Will Hurley said. “Sometimes that’s the great thing about injuries. It brings out great things from players you normally don’t see play. He did a great job tonight for us.”
Mount Airy scored its final goal as the clock expired in the second half. Contreras rifled a swerving left-footed corner kick into the box and past the East Surry goalie.
The East Surry defense struggled mightily on Tuesday without senior captain Trace Simmons, who is suspended for one more match after a red card against Bishop McGuinness.
The Cardinals will look to get back on track later today with a home match against Atkins. Mount Airy shifts its focus to a road contest against Walkertown on Thursday.
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