WALKERTOWN — Walkertown started putting up a fight against visiting Mount Airy in the second half of their soccer match Thursday evening, but it was too little, too late.
The Granite Bears earned their 10th victory of the season and stayed in the thick of the Northwest 1-A Conference race with an 8-3 victory, holding off the Wolfpack after an outstanding first-half performance that staked them to a 6-0 lead at intermission.
“They played really well in the second half,” said Bears head coach Will Hurley. “We led 6-0 and they came storming back.”
Walkertown (4-8, 0-3) outscored Mount Airy after intermission, but Hurley said that his team slowed down the Wolfpack’s rally by taking control of the middle of the field and controlling the ball, preventing Walkertown from getting any closer while also adding two goals of their own.
“(Junior forward) Malcolm Malone did a really good job of controlling the middle for us,” said Hurley.
Senior captain Jeremy Chappell provided all of the offense that the Bears needed, picking up the sombrero with a game-high four goals. Austin Tumbarello scored twice, with Matthew Dodd and Jose Perez rounding out the scoring with a goal each. Tumbarello was credited with three assists, Perez with two, and Robert Brown and Daniel Ballard had one each.
Bryan Hernandez had four saves in goal for Mount Airy.
The Bears, now 10-5-1 overall and 3-1 in NWC play, return to action on Tuesday by hosting Bishop McGuinness. Mount Airy will be looking to avenge a 3-1 loss to Bishop on Sept. 22 and tie them for first place in the league.