THOMASVILLE — Surry Central posted a shutout victory against East Davidson in the first round of the 2A West soccer playoffs on Wednesday night.
Tess Dockery, Sophie Williams and Haylee Harrison all scored the Lady Eagles (14-5-2) in the 3-0 road win.
Dockery scored first for the Eagles on an assist from Emilee Stanley. Coach Matt Richardson of Central said Stanley was outside on the right side of the field, then played the ball across to Dockery, who timed the ball perfectly and scored far post for the 1-0 lead.
Just before halftime, Williams scored the second goal. Richardson said she pushed up on a throw-in, and would score far post in the 38th minute. In the 52nd minute, Harrison dribbled through traffic and fought off three defenders for the third goal of the night.
In the opening five minutes, East Davidson (13-4-2) had a golden opportunity to score, but keeper Nohemi Lara made a nice save.
Richardson credited his defenders — Brooke Lewis, Williams, Victoria Olchowoj, Yasmin Vega, and Mikayla Cox for holding East Davidson off the scoreboard.
“Not many teams have done that this year. Not only our defense, but our midfielders controlling the ball,” Richardson said. “They put a lot of pressure up top and for us to handle that pressure with some of the players they have was a big accomplishment for us.”
Up next for Central is a trip to King for a matchup against West Stokes in the second round on Saturday. The Eagles split with the Wildcats, a No. 1 seed from the Northwest Conference, this season.
Central took a 2-1 win in the final regular season match, but Richardson said that game means nothing at this point.
“This is a brand new game,” he said. “We’ve got to go out and play. Each team has a clean sheet come playoffs. We are just looking to play as hard as we can and the results will take care of themselves. They are a good team. It’s going to take a quality effort from us.”
West Stokes beat Brevard in its first-round playoff game.