Since getting roughed up in its season opener against a 4A team, Mount Airy’s girls’ soccer team has gone on a roll.
The Lady Bears won their third straight match on Friday night, routing West Wilkes 9-0 in a match that ended in the 52nd minute on a goal by senior co-captain Kora Ledezma.
Mount Airy (3-1 overall) led 8-0 at halftime against the Blackhawks. After the break, head coach Will Hurley made several substitutions in an effort to get all of his players more minutes, and the match went on until Ledezma scored with 28:51 remaining to invoked the “mercy rule” for the first time this season.
Two Mount Airy players had a hat trick in the win. Baylee Greenwood scored four times, and Olivia Malone found the back of the net three times. Freshman Katheryn Lachino had the other goal and also assisted on three others. Another freshman, Karla Villanueva, also had an assist.
Hurley said he tried to keep things from getting out of hand by playing Greenwood, one of the state’s most prolific scorers, far from the net, but the junior foiled that plan.
“I was trying to get her out, but she scored one from way out here,” Hurley said while standing near midfield after the match.
The Lady Bears were so dominant in the midfield that neither Mount Airy keeper (sophomores Samantha Stewart and Meredith Hensley) ever handled the ball, let alone faced a shot on goal from West Wilkes.
“Neither one of our keepers ever touched the ball,” Hurley said. “I didn’t realize it until about 20 minutes in. One time they got it past midfield, and it was because we kicked it and it hit one of our players and came back.”
The team was playing its fourth match in seven days. Mount Airy opened the season with a 9-1 loss to Davie on March 3, wearing down and allowing seven goals after halftime, but bounced back two nigths later for the program’s first-ever win over county rival Surry Central. A 4-1 win over Elkin followed on Thursday.
The Lady Bears expect an added boost once the basketball team completes its season today in the state championship game, as one player and possibly a few others will join the team next week.
The team will face another 4A powerhouse on Monday night when they travel to Western Guilford.