One night after letting a match slip away on a frigid and snowy evening, the Mount Airy girls’ soccer team played some of its best ball of the season in routing North Wilkes 10-3 at Wallace Shelton Stadium.
The Lady Bears (4-2-1 overall) had nine goals by the half of their match against the Lady Cardinals, and then experimented with different lineups and combinations in the second half of the easy victory.
“The girls passed the ball beautifully,” said coach Will Hurley. “It was a great team win on another cold night.”
Although not as cold as the previous evening, when Mount Airy lost 5-4 to Surry Central with temperatures in the low 30s and wind chills in the low teens, Thursday’s match did see temperatures dip into the 30s yet again, and the area around the stadium is arguably the coldest part of town on such occasions. Still, the Lady Bears had their offense rolling from the start, and nearly rang up a mercy rule win that their coach really didn’t want.
The passing was so outstanding, the coach said, that his players were credited with a dozen assists. Jessica Bevard had four of them to go along with a goal. Nele Gorres was credited with three assists and also had a pair of the goals, and Allie Sechrist also claimed three assists for herself. Olivia Malone had two assists and a goal, while Kora Ledezma had one of each. Jaden Brinkley performed the rare feat of scoring a goal off of a corner kick.
“Beautiful goal,” said Hurley of Brinkley’s goal.
And last but not least, sophomore Baylee Greenwood was the beneficiary of a lot of those assists. The team’s leading scorer had what her coach described as a “field goal and a safety,” finding the back of the net a whopping five times.
Marleigh Meadows and Samantha Stewart shared the duties in goal for the Lady Bears. Meadows had eight saves and Stewart had four.
Mount Airy will travel to Walkertown on Tuesday night for its first Northwest 1A Conference tilt of the season.