HAYS — The games are counting now, but the Mount Airy soccer team continues its winning ways.
After six preseason scrimmage matches in which the Granite Bears never lost, the team took a road trip on Monday evening to open the regular season at North Wilkes. The proceedings were delayed for a short time by a summer squall, but Mount Airy made up for that by ending the match early.
Jackson Tumbarello forced the referee to call a halt to the match after just 26 seconds of the second half, when his goal gave the Bears a 9-0 lead over their hosts on the first day of the fall sports season.
Mount Airy had eight different players score goals in the rout. Jesus Lachino scored twice, had an assist, and was chosen as Player of the Game by Coach Will Hurley. The other goals were scored by Austin Tumbarello, Julio Contreras, Chris Villanueva, Simon Cawley, Bryan Valadez and Jarrett Jimenez. Players earning assists included Liam Overby, Kaleb Morrison, Jesus Luna, Cawley and Valadez.
Jesus Valadez spent the entire match in goal, and earned one of the easiest shutouts a keeper will ever have, as he didn’t have to face a single shot on goal from the Vikings.
The Bears were credited with 54 steals as a team, including nine by Dante Collins and seven from Jackson Tumbarello.
Mount Airy remains on the road for its second match, today at West Wilkes. The Blackhawks finished fourth in the Mountain Valley 1A/2A a year ago, so this should be a more competitive match for Mount Airy.