DOBSON — Seniors scored big against the Mount Airy Bears in a 5-0 soccer match shutout last night while celebrating senior night.
Families and friends cheered the players in the stands supporting the players and the last home match of seniors, Luis Flores (#4), Juan Lopez (#8), Ranferi Ramirez (#13), Omar Gomez (#14),Eddy Cabrera (#18) and Ecuadoran exchange student, Joshua Castro (#20).
It was a super special evening for senior Lopez who scored two of the five winning game goals. Senior Gomez refused to be left out and kicked through an unassisted one of his on receiving the pleasure of scoring the last goal on his home turf at Surry Central.
The tone for the match was set in the 24th minute when a nice assist by Lopez was made complete by Francisco Rangel (#23), who scored the first goal for the Golden Eagles against the Bears.
Another goal was scored by freshman and midfielder Adrian Gonzalez whose mother Angelita said, “My son knows where he needs to be on the field. ” She described her son as someone who does his chores without asking and is passionate about soccer. He has played with his brother in the yard for years, she said.
Freddy Cruz (#9) also had a great game as a midfielder, said Eagles Head Coach Blake Roth, who noted how important the defense of that area of the field is and proved to pay dividends for their success against the Bears.
Roth commented on how well both the offense and defense did Tuesday in the team’s sixth shutout of the season. They remained disciplined and controlled the ball. “A good defense is a good offense,” said Roth. “Mount Airy played aggressive, but our defense kept pressure on their half of the field.
“One of the strategies was to minimize Bears player Mitchell Brown (#4) by not letting him turn toward the goal,” said Roth.
Lopez had two assists, Justo Cristobal (#6) had one assist during the match.
Exchange student and Golden Eagle senior Castro pitched in one huge successful assist in a beautiful display of teamwork during his last home match as an Eagle senior in the United States. It went to senior Lopez at the 63-minute. “It was a great night for the seniors and a spectacular one for Juan,” said Roth.
The boys Golden Eagle soccer team is 11-2 in the conference and will play Winston-Salem Prep away next week.