PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Surry Central boys soccer team remains undefeated after it took a physical victory over East Surry on the Cards home turf, winning 2-0.
The Golden Eagles scored a goal in the first and second half to seal the win.
East Surry Head Coach Bill Hart said, “Both teams played very well, just Surry Central made two more plays than we did. Both teams respect each other very much.”
Hart said the backline defense should get credit for the cards, in particular, because it kept Surry Central out of the box. Hart commended Trace Simmons, Austin Haymore and John Marion in the back line.
Hart said he was able to pull from strength on the bench during the game.
The first goal against East Surry was scored by Central’s Jose Avalos with an assist by Fredy Cruz.
Central’s Assistant Coach Matt Richardson said, “It was a nice one-two in the mid-field. For the goal, Cruz played back to Avalos who went to the post with the ball and scored.”
The second goal was scored Francisco Rangel. The ball was thrown in from the side. After being deflected, Rangel punched it in.
Richardson said, “When we were winning 1-0, Artemio Cortes made a great reaction on the shot and deflected it out to the side.”
Goal keeper Cortes made two very good saves and played solid throughout the game, said Richardson.
He said the game was the biggest challenge of the year so far for the Golden Eagles in intensity and quality. It took team effort to get a 2-0, and they were able to pull off the bench, said Richardson.
Surry Central will play West Iredell at home today and are 3-0. East Surry will play against West Stokes today. Its record is 3-2 overall after the loss to Central.
“We will have to play well, rest up and come in ready to play,” said Richardson.