Bears outlast Cardinals in thriller

First Posted: 9/3/2009

Mount Airys Torrance Hamilton broke a 2-2 tie with 16 minutes remaining to lift Mount Airy over visiting East Surry Thursday night.
Both the Granite Bears (3-3, 1-1 Northwest 1A/2A) and Cardinals (3-3, 1-1) expected a close game and last nights did not disappoint.
It was a defensive battle, Mount Airy coach Eric Leathers said. We held them to seven shots, they held us to 13. It was a really evenly-matched game.
Chase Pilcher paced the Granite Bears with two goals and Jesus Carreon had two assists. The Cardinals goals came from Damian Padron and Jonah Easter.
Mount Airy took a 1-0 lead, but Padron tied the game in the second half. In what Leathers estimated as six seconds, the Granite Bears were on top again after a Pilcher goal.
It showed we have heart, that this year were not going to put our head down when we get scored on, Leathers said of the turn-around goal. I think (last nights) game is a good starting point to let us know were capable of scoring.
Mount Airys win made Leathers believe that he might be on to something after tooling with the lineup the first few games.
I think it was our first game that we really understood playing our positions and getting into space, he said. I think this game we found out who plays well in the proper positions. Im really looking forward to the rest of the season.

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