Mount Airy beat Bishop McGuinness for the third time this season to advance in the 1A state soccer playoffs.
The Granite Bears won 3-0 Saturday to improve to 19-0-2 and move on to the third round Wednesday at home.
Since the Villains were familiar with the Bears, the strategy was to keep the ball away from leading scorer Felipe Chavez.
Coach Will Hurley said Bishop was marking Felipe with one, two and even three people at times.
Felipe was getting frustrated, but the coach told the junior that this was okay because it was opening up chances for his teammates.
One of those seizing the opportunities was Jose Perez. The freshman had a hand in all three scores.
At the 12:36 mark, Jose scored off a pass from senior co-captain Sam Watson, said Hurley.
Then seven minutes later, Perez scored again off a pass from a team captain — this time it was Mitchell Brown.
The Bears took the 2-0 lead into halftime.
At the 15:56 mark of the second half, Perez fed the ball to Frederico Machado for a score.
Then the defense did the rest.
“Captain Carlos” was amazing again, said Hurley. Carrillo had 22 clears in the game, but the whole defense really came through, he said.
Hunter Clawson had nine clears, Cristian Cabrera eight, Alan Ortiz seven and Angel Rodriguez five.
Keeper John Hardy had four quality saves, filling in for the injured Scott Kunkel.
“The wind was really a factor,” the coach said. It was swirling and changing directions to keep players on their toes.
The Bears’ opponent Wednesday is East Montgomery, a fifth seed with a 15-4-1 record.
Hurley said he didn’t know that much about this year’s team, but East Montgomery is always tough and knocked off a good Gray Stone Day team on Saturday. Gray Stone was the fourth seed with a 17-3 record.