DOBSON — Surry Central welcomed the return of all-conference players Uriel Secundino and Jose Avalos on Thursday night, as the Golden Eagles beat East Surry 1-0 in nonconference soccer for their first victory of the season.
The Eagles overwhelmed the Cardinals with a 16-4 edge in shots. After a scoreless first half, Avalos had a goal off an assist from Arturo Lopez three minutes into the second that just got past Andrew Rogers.
After ties against West Iredell and Mount Airy to start the season, the win was a nice birthday present for coach Blake Roth of Surry Central, who turned 33 on Thursday.
“It’s good when you get all your players back,” Roth said. “We are still not gelling, but we did some great things tonight.”
The game was fast and physical — with Caleb Lowe receiving a yellow card in the first half for the Cardinals, and goalie Fernando Talavera of the Eagles getting a yellow card in the final minute of the game.
In the first half, Central had a flurry of scoring chances, but hustle on defense and some nice saves from Rogers kept East in contention. But the Eagles controlled the ball for most of the game — especially in the second half.
Coach Bill Hart of East Surry was frustrated after the loss, which put his team at 0-3-1. East finished with just one shot on goal.
“I’d love to know what the time of possession was tonight,” Hart said. “Turnovers in the middle of the field. That was a big difference. One shot on goal.”
Central’s next match is scheduled for Monday at home against North Forsyth. The Eagles go to Elkin Tuesday and face East Surry again on Thursday evening.
Roth said he would have liked to see his team do a better job of capitalizing on those 16 shots, adding that the goal scored by Avalos was probably the toughest of the night.
“One thing I saw tonight was creativity. We’ve been lacking that,” Roth said. “The first two games we were trying the long ball over the top which made no sense since our fastest player was suspended.”
East hosts North Surry on Tuesday night. The Greyhounds (4-0-1) tied with Elkin on Wednesday in their most recent game.