DOBSON — The Surry Central soccer team knew weather could become a factor against Mount Airy on Monday night, so the Lady Eagles left nothing to chance.
It took just four minutes for Surry Central (4-3) to get its first goal in a 4-0 win over the Lady Bears (3-3-1). The Eagles scored three goals in the first half and one more in the second of a match called due to lightning with 27 minutes left on the clock.
“Anytime you can get an early goal, it’s going to be an advantage,” Surry Central coach Matt Richardson said. “We knew the weather was coming, and there was a chance we’d only be able to play the first half tonight. The girls responded well and gave us a great start.”
Sofia Valle connected on a long-distance shot to give the Lady Eagles a 1-0 lead with 35:53 remaining in the first half. A Mount Airy clearance fell right into Valle’s lap, and the junior midfielder laced a shot just over the Mount Airy goalkeeper’s reach.
Surry Central doubled its lead just seven minutes later. A short corner kick was deflected inside the box before Anai Gomez gained possession. Gomez centered a pass perfectly to Jiselle Cortes, who slotted her shot just inside the far post for a 2-0 lead.
The Lady Eagles had success on Monday working the ball down the wings, and their third goal of the game was a by-product of this style of play.
Surry Central worked a counter-attack perfectly with 16 minutes remaining in the opening half. Leslie Chavez was shot out of a cannon down the right side before a perfectly weighted pass to Taylor Cochran resulted in a 3-0 lead.
“It’s always something we talk about, using the width of the field,” Richardson said. “It has been a point of emphasis and we’re getting better at it, but we can still improve.”
The Lady Bears had their best spell of the game after giving up the third goal, but they couldn’t put anything in the back of the net. A free kick from Baylee Greenwood nearly gave Mount Airy a goal.
Instead, Surry Central goalie Makenzie Mooney picked up her third clean sheet of the season. She only had to make one save during the match, but her instincts coming off the line impressed her head coach.
“Her presence back there has been great. She’s making good decisions and always seems to be in the right spot,” Richardson said.
Gomez followed up her assist in the first half with a goal in the second period to cap off Surry Central’s 4-0 win. Ariana Gonzalez got the assist, and the goal was the final kick of the match as lightning rushed the teams off the field.
One of the things that stuck out to Coach Richardson was his team’s ability to get contributions from a variety of players on Monday. In just 53 minutes of action, the Lady Eagles played 18 different players and got four different goal scorers.
Mount Airy will try to bounce back on Wednesday with a road game against East Wilkes. The Lady Bears and Cardinals fought to a 1-1 draw in their first match of the season.
Surry Central is now on a two-match win streak and outscoring its opponents 12-0 over those two games. The Eagles will look to keep the momentum rolling on Wednesday in Pilot Mountain against East Surry.
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