Fans at North Surry hoped for a solid soccer match against conference rival Forbush Monday night, and while that’s that they got, the result didn’t come the way they wanted.
Knotted at one with 18 minutes remaining, Forbush junior Francisco Pascual got a great crossing pass in the penalty area and tapped it left past the keeper to break the tie. Forbush’s Saul Zamora scored late as they hung on for a 3-1 win.
“I thought we played hard, just not as intelligently as we sometimes do,” said North coach Rachel Escobar. “Forbush is always a tough, tough team.”
Forbush (15-1-2, 4-0 WPAC) proved just that with a goal in the opening minutes of the first half. Forbush connected the ball well and were rewarded as they got to the end line and played it back across to junior Micah Cranfill who put it in the back of the net.
However, just as Forbush was able to put one up early in the first half, North Surry (3-10-1, 0-2-1 WPAC) got the equalizer early in the second. Junior co-captain Alexis Cortez struck one in to tie it.
The two teams exchanged numerous scoring opportunities before Forbush broke through. Despite the loss, it’s still early enough in conference play for North Surry to rebound. Escobar is encouraged by the team’s improvement considering the circumstances.
“We started out a little bit inexperienced with some of the guys on the team and lost some players who should have been back this year. The fact that they’re gelling and playing together as well as they are, I’m happy to see that,” Escobar said.
North Surry is still looking for that first conference win and plays another team looking for its in West Stokes (6-5-1, 0-2-1 WPAC). The Hounds host the Wildcats at 5:30 p.m.
Ryan DeCosta is the sports reporter for The Elkin Tribune and Yadkin Ripple. He can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.