DANBURY — The last 12 days have been a series of track meets for the Mount Airy soccer team, which entered Tuesday night’s Northwest 1A Conference match at North Stokes on a four-match winning streak in which it had scored 42 goals.
Make it five in a row and 51 goals.
The Lady Bears took advantage of a questionable defensive strategy by the Lady Vikings and racked up their fifth blowout win in a row, routing North Stokes 9-0 behind hat tricks from Jessica Bevard and Allie Sechrist.
The hosts came into the game determined to stop Mount Airy’s leading scorer, sophomore Baylee Greenwood, and elected to man-mark her. Unfortunately, for North Stokes, this came at a high cost.
“I kind of figured they would mark Baylee,” said Lady Bears coach Will Hurley. “I told Jessica and Allie they would be open the whole game, and they both went out and scored three goals.”
Mount Airy (8-2-1, 3-0 NW1A) scored very early in the match on what Hurley described as a “beautiful cross” from Kora Ledezma to Bevard. Five minutes later, Sechrist scored on the other side for a 2-0 lead, and the rout was on.
On top of everything else, the strategy didn’t stop Greenwood, who still had an assist and two goals of her own. Ledezma had three assists, and Nele Gorres had an assist and a goal.
“It was still pretty wet out there, but we did a good job of playing in it,” said Hurley.
The Lady Bears should face a stronger challenge when they return to action this evening. Elkin is coming to town, and the Lady Bears will be trying to avenge a 3-2 defeat from three weeks ago.