The North Surry boys varsity soccer team met East Surry for the second time this season on Hounds turf; East clinched a win but a tighter one than in the last match.
The Cards won 3-0 with a goal recorded by Jimmy Speer, Brody Gentry and Brayan Gomez.
Cardinal assists were recorded by Gentry, Gomez and Cole Casstevens.
The Cards move to a 3-1 record with the victory with its only loss against West Stokes.
Hounds Head Coach Rachel Escobar said the Hounds kept up the pressure on the Cardinals until the last minute of play, but kept sending shots too high.
The match last week ended in a 5-1 Cardinal victory. In Monday’s match, Escobar said her team had far more shots on the goal and played solid defense.
Escobar said, “There was more complexity of play and sheer physicality in the game. One of those cases where the score doesn’t tell the story. There were some real moments of brilliance from my men and I am very proud of them.”
The freshmen have stepped up to play varsity in a way that Escobar said she has not seen before.
In particular, Escobar commended the play of Jonathan Cabrera, Alfredo Vazquez, Chris Garrett, Christian Cortes, David Martinez, Hector Zuvieta, Caleb Ramey and Wyatt Easter.
The communication of the Hounds was the best so far against a “very solid” Cardinal defense, said Escobar.
About the Cardinals’ victory, East Surry Head Soccer Coach Bill Hart said, “I thought we came out poised. We got in a field struggle and were fortunate to get three goals and get out of there with a win.”
Hart said the defensive play of Hound Caleb Ramey helped slow down the Cards offense.
“We got fair shots just not as open as we like them,” said Hart.
On Wednesday, East Surry is scheduled to play Surry Central away; North Surry is scheduled to play North Wilkes at home.