East Surry came back from a two-goal deficit and went on to defeat Mount Airy 3-2 in double overtime on Wednesday at Wallace Shelton Stadium.
Mary Jo Lowe found the back of the net in the 98th minute for the Lady Cardinals’ go-ahead goal in the Northwest 1A Conference opener for both teams.
“They played hard,” coach Bill Hart of East Surry said of his team. “It just goes to show, when you play hard, good things will eventually happen.”
Mount Airy built a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals from Kimberly Lachino in the 20th and 44th minute.
The Lady Cardinals (2-4 overall, 1-0 conference) got on the board in the 49th minute when Lowe sent a shot toward the front of the goal that was deflected in by Briana Atwell.
East got the equalizer in the 58th minute when Lowe pushed the ball ahead on a breakaway opportunity to set up Maria Mares for a goal that just got past keeper Kathryn Beasley.
It was a tale of two halves for East, which did a much better job of controlling the middle of the field and staying on the attack after intermission.
“We made some halftime adjustments. They were beating us to the ball,” Hart said. “That’s the Mount Airy-East Surry rivalry right there. Will Hurley’s teams are always prepared.”
The Bears, Cardinals and Bishop McGuinness figure to be the top contenders in the Northwest 1A this season — with the Villains currently ranked in the 1A girls soccer polls.
After starting the season 0-4, the Cardinals have won back-to-back contests — beating North Surry 5-0 in their previous match.
East travels to North Surry tonight for a nonconference match. Mount Airy (4-5-1 overall, 0-1 conference) is off until a conference match at Walkertown on April 1.
Elsewhere in soccer action, Surry Central is off until a March 31 matchup at home against Davie County.