First Posted: 9/15/2009
DOBSON Surry Central garnered a major Northwest 1A/2A conference win Tuesday, defeating a tough Bishop McGuinness squad, 3-2.
Central coach Blake Roth said he had a tough time staying cool during the contest but that he was pleased with the victory.
It was a good win, Roth said. It puts us up there in the conference, but also it brings us down to earth a little bit. They are above and beyond the best team we have seen. They are very physical, athletic and fast. We have to realize thats the type of teams we are going to be playing down the road hopefully and we are not as good as our record shows. Not taking anything away, but Bishop is the test for us. I like that it will maybe keep us more level headed.
Antonio Talavera, who had a hat-trick against South Stokes Monday, scored Centrals first goal of the game at the seven minute mark. For its second goal, Central had a little help from the crossbar, with Joel Gonzalez firing a high, floating shot from near midfield. The shot confused Bishops goalie, struck the crossbar as the goalie fell to the ground and was then picked up by Bernardo Leandro who slipped the ball into the net.
When Joel kicked it, I said to myself, Joel, its a little too early for Hail Marys, Roth said. I thought he was trying to put it at the top of the 18 and let someone come down with it because Joel is not that type of player. But the key to the goal was Bernardo. We preached the fact you just really have to always be aware and not become a fan and Bernardo didnt become a fan. He was watching it when half the players had discarded it. Bernardo never lost sight of the ball. It was a heads up play.
Leandro also had a hand in Centrals final first half goal, winning a ball at midfield to set up another Talavera score.
Central conceded a tough goal just before the half as a tangle of players ricocheted an attempt to clear back into the Golden Eagles net.
Bishop pulled to 3-2 in the 68th minute but did not have enough time to draw any closer.
Central improves to 9-0 on the season.
Bears blast Greyhounds
Mount Airys Jesus Carreon scored within the first minute of both the first and second halves against North Surry Tuesday, taking the Northwest 1A/2A conference win 5-1.
Andrew Belk added the Granite Bears second goal in the 18th minute to give his team a 2-0 at the half.
Carreon struck again just as quickly as he did to start the first to keep the momentum with Mount Airy.
Caleb Bently scored on a throw-in from Kendall Cawley with Belk crossing to Dylan Mason in the 72 minute to end the Bears scoring.
Mitchell Midkiff sent home the Greyhounds lone goal.
Despite the lopsided win, Mount Airy coach Eric Leathers said he was impressed with the way the Greyhounds performed.
I am really excited that North Surry has a team this year, Leathers said. They are going to be a really solid team next year.
North Surry coach Dustin Webb said he thought his team showed improvement Tuesday.
Absolutely, he said. I felt a lot better about the way we moved the ball and the way we communicated on the field. Our fundamentals are getting better and we are working hard. I was proud of the guys.
As for his own squad, Leathers said he liked the Bears fire off the bat.
I thought we came out with intensity to start each half, which is what we have been trying to do all year, he said. I hope we can build on this momentum and go to West Stokes Thursday.
Mount Airy improves to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in conference play, while North Surry drops to 1-3.