Bears bust out 11 wins in a row
by Tanya Chilton Staff Reporter
The Mount Airy Bears soccer team took its 11th win in a row against North Surry on Monday, but the Hounds scored two goals against the Bears, the only team yet to have accomplished that feat.
The Bears won 5-2 against the Hounds defending their home grass.
Bears Head Coach Will Hurley said all along he expected the Greyhounds to bring a good fight to the Bears and they did.
Hurley said the Bears acted as if they were asleep in the first half, but adjusted and came out heavily attacking the goal in the second half. He said the second half also showed some great play from depth on the bench in Chandler Snyder, Christian Cabrera, Daniel Ballard and Neil Smith.
Bear Felipe Chavez led the game in scoring with a hat trick and already is over the 25-goal mark this season.
Also for the Bears, Sam Watson had one goal and two assists, Neil Smith recorded one assist and Mitchell Brown had one assist. Scott Kunkel recorded 11 saves.
The Greyhounds struck first after Caleb Ramey tested the Bears early with a goal and an assist from Hector Zuvieto, who had two in the game.
Almost immediately, the Bears retaliated and Sam Watson pounded in a goal at 12:58, getting the only Bear goal in the first half.
At halftime, the Bears adjusted and Chavez hit two goals back to back in the first few minutes. North Surry’s Jonathan Cabrera pounded back and scored a goal after Chavez’s two. Bear Jose Perez hit the Bears fourth goal of the game and Chavez recorded his third, to end the game, Bears 5-2.
Greyhounds Head Coach Rachel Escobar said, “I was proud of the way they handled themselves.”
She said they played under a lot of pressure. “They showed a lot of improvement and played as one unit, the best as a team, that I have seen so far with great individual performances,” said Escobar,
“In spite of the score,” said Escobar, her team put in good hard work against the Bears.
For the Hounds, Caleb Ramey led by getting the first goal in the half and Jonathan Cabrera, freshman, scored the goal in second. He was very poised, said Escobar.
Ramey said he came to the game wanting to put the pressure on early and did what he wanted. He said he expects that from kind of delivery from himself both on the field and off. He was accepted by Wingate College on Monday, he said.
Ramey added, “The Lord has blessed me to play soccer to the best of my ability and without him, I would not be as good as I am.”
Chavez said when he saw the Ramey’s speed at forward, he knew it was time to get busy. Zuvieto is also his cousin, so he said he is familiar with their play.
Chavez said he was happy to crash two goals to open up the second half for the Bears in the circumstance.
The Bears will play Atkins away in a conference match on Tuesday.
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