Lady Bears blank Thomasville 7-0 in soccer

Jeff Linville

February 28, 2014

THOMASVILLE — The Lady Bears improved to 2-0 on the soccer season with a 7-0 shutout of Thomasville.

“Our defense played outstanding,” said Coach Will Hurley. “We just shut them down totally.”

Leading the defense were Anna Ortiz, Abigail Pedraza and co-captain Jessica Escutia. Keeper Ailia Halpern made three stops.

“We did a really good job of controlling the ball,” said Hurley.

The game started an hour earlier than usual at 5 p.m. at Thomasville’s request. Hurley said he was glad for the early start because the temperature was just 38 degrees. The sun came out for a little bit and warmed the field up a couple of degrees before sunset.

Sophomore Jessica Miranda had a big night with three assists and two goals.

Judy Madrigal and co-captain Kimberly Lachino also had two goals each, while co-captain Maria Rodriguez had one.

Janeth Escutia and Mary Glen Hatcher provided one assist each.

After starting with two road games, the Bears return to Mount Airy for a five-game home stand, starting with North Wilkes on Tuesday.

* With the Mount Airy boys team going 20-1-2 last fall, Coach Hurley has been selected to be a head coach for this summer’s Powerade State Games.

Some of the best rising junior and senior soccer players in the state will try out for the regional teams. The boys’ division will have six teams, and the girls’ division will have four.

Hurley helped as an assistant coach last year, but becomes the head coach for the boys’ Midwest squad.

The Powerade team also selected Randleman’s Sean Fitzgibbon and Morehead’s Danny Villa to assist.

Hurley said he was given one spot to choose himself from among some nominated coaches and picked Mount Tabor’s Jay Benfield. And of course, he added, assistant coach Holden Hurley will help, too.