RALEIGH — The Surry Central boys varsity soccer team played in the first ever Fall Coaches Kickoff participating with more than 40 teams on Saturday.
The Surry Central Golden Eagles played 3A ranked Corinth Holders in the competition and stood their ground.
Jose Avalos scored the only two goals against Corinth and had assists from Osber Valle and Adrian Gonzales.
Surry Central Head Coach Blake Roth said Corinth is “the best team we have seen so far.”
Though Corinth won by a final score 3-2, Roth said his team retaliated at each opportunity and came back to tie twice.
Corinth took the victory after scoring in the 20th minute on a penalty kick. The penalty kick game after Surry Central was called on a “questionable handball in the box,” said Roth.
He said the team has played seven official matches and many scrimmages. As a result, the Golden Eagles have experienced several different styles of play and are getting used to upper level play, he said.
The experience of playing higher ranked teams “will prove to be to our advantage in the end,” said the coach.
Roth said the team had the opportunity to watch some 4A ranked schools play and he called it an eye-opener. Especially because of the play on a professional-size field, he said.
Roth said Athletic Director Myles Wilmoth and staff have shown great support and provided the means for travel to the Coaches Kickoff.
Surry Central has a 4-3 overall record. So far the team has played only nonconference games.
Surry Central plays in the 2A Western Piedmont Athletic Conference with South Stokes, Forbush, West Stokes, North Surry and Carver.
The Eagles’ next match is on Monday and is an Adan Huerta Memorial Alumni Game at 6 p.m. at home.
In the next official match, they will meet East Surry at home on Thursday.
The first conference game for Surry Central will be on Sept. 25 against South Stokes.