DOBSON — The Lady Eagles wanted a challenge and got one from a 4A powerhouse.
On Thursday Surry Central hosted West Forsyth, ranked as one of the top 20 teams in the entire state.
Coach Matt Richardson said he told his team that he knew that the Lady Titans were very good, but he wanted to see his team compete hard for 80 minutes and not hang their heads if they got behind.
The Titans scored just two goals in each half for a 4-0 win. And the last shot came with about two minutes left, so it almost was a 3-0 game, Richardson noted.
Holding a great team to such a close game is almost like a victory — especially if the team learns from the experience, the coach believes.
West Forsyth controlled the ball most of the first half, but the Lady Eagles stepped up their game in the second half.
The players were moving the ball well and trying to get better, said Richardson.
“This is probably the best team we’ll see all year,” he said. The Lady Titans are 14-2-1, 7-0 in their 4A conference. And the record doesn’t tell the whole story because they have beaten some really good teams, and their two losses were to undefeated teams, he noted.
In the second half, West Forsyth’s Alison Price scored twice. The second goal was her 100th of her career.
Price already has three all-conference awards, two player of the year awards and two all-state honors with this season still to go. And she’s accepted a scholarship to play for the Louisville Cardinals.
In the first half, the Titans had a corner kick deflected toward the goal. Keeper Nohemi Lara made the stop, but couldn’t control the ball, and the Titans cleaned up the ricochet for a 1-0 lead.
That goal and both the goals by Price came off corner kicks, noted Richardson. It is always difficult to guard players one-on-one off a set play, but getting better at marking will only help the team the rest of the season.
As far as marking during the flow of the game, the coach said he was proud of the way the girls communicated and stayed with the Titans.
Nohemi did a good job of talking to her defenders and made several good stops in the goal, he said.
Only one goal came in the flow of the game as West Forsyth’s Caitlin Hill made a nice spin move inside the 18-yard box and finished off a kick into the right corner of the net.
As for the Titans’ defense, Richardson said the back line worked very well together and never gave the Eagles a good look at the goal.
The Eagles fall to 11-3-2. Central travels to South Stokes on Monday for a Western Piedmont Conference match.