Big second half propels Surry Central past Mount Airy


First Posted: 9/29/2009

What appeared to be a nail-biter at halftime turned into a firm Surry Central victory.
The Golden Eagles and Mount Airy were deadlocked at 1-1 halfway through a Northwest 1A/2A Conference matchup Tuesday evening. But once Central stepped on the gas, the Granite Bears couldnt catch up and fell behind for the final score of 5-2.
The Golden Eagles (13-0, 8-0) found the net twice within the first 10 minutes of the second half, including a breakaway goal by Antonio Talavera, who made the score look easy after outrunning and juking Mount Airy defenders.
Talaveras scored twice and Central also got goals from Edwin Alonso, Bernardo Leandro and Ed Lira. Joel Gonzalez chipped in with a pair of assists.
Surry Central coach Blake Roth said his team got back to playing a more familiar style in the second half that resulted in the increase in scoring. A fast-paced offense is how Roths team succeeds.
When we dont play around with the ball and we get off some quick touches, we look a lot faster and we keep the defense constantly moving, he said.
However, Roth wasnt pleased with everything he saw.
Its typical Surry Central soccer, Roth said of the Jekyll and Hyde halves. We had trouble putting 80 minutes together. Our first goal was scored in 29 seconds. From there, I think we got a little overconfident. We had a penalty against us and they made the PK. From there, it changed the momentum and put Mount Airy in the game.
Mount Airy (5-7, 3-5) got both its goals from Eduardo Garcia. The former goalie left the net three games ago and has two goals and two assists. He shot a 40-yarder into the Golden Eagles net in the second half that brought the home crowd to its feet. Nathan Welch, who took Garcias spot in goal, made some nice saves, but Central had too much firepower.
Granite Bears coach Eric Leathers said bringing Garcia out of the net has paid dividends and he was happy to see his team hang with one of the best in the state.

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