Karlena Lagos scored the only goal of the game in East Surry’s 1-0 victory over North Surry Tuesday night.
That’s the only goal Lagos has ever scored in a game. It’s also the only goal Lagos, a Polish exchange student, has scored in America.
It’s just been that kind of week for East Surry. The Cardinals won their first game in school history Friday against Mount Airy, recorded their second-ever win and first-ever shutout Monday against East Wilkes and now have a bona fide win streak with another win on Tuesday.
“It just started to click with all 21 girls on the team,” East Surry coach Bill Hart said. “They started to get it, they worked really hard for two years.
“All the credit goes to the girls because they work so hard every single day.”
Jacqualyn Holshauser recorded her second shutout in a row in goal for the Cardinals.
The play of the game, and the season, was Lagos’ goal though.
North Surry had cleared the ball after an East corner kick and Lagos kicked in back towards the goal with one touch and it sailed through the right part of the net.
Lagos exclaimed in excitement and shot straight up in the air screaming, “I scored a goal, I scored a goal,” as her teammates crowded around her.
She doesn’t usually get much playing time, and Tuesday night she just happened to be in the game as a substitute for a winded East player.
Hart said it was a special moment for the whole team.
“Everyone jumped out of their skin,” he said. “The bench went ballistic, it was just a fantastic moment.”
North Surry and East Surry both had several opportunities to score throughout the game, but both defenses stepped up big.
Most of the game was a dogfight for the county rivals with much of it played in the midfield.
East Surry will take its win streak to Bishop McGuinness for its next game on Friday.
Cards top Eagles 2-0
PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry may have managed just two hits against Surry Central ace Austin McLamb Tuesday, but it was all the Cardinals needed.
East picked up the big Northwest 1A/2A Conference victory 2-0 in a game which saw both teams combine for just six hits.
McLamb was on point all night for the Golden Eagles, but when the Cardinals did find a ray of light, they took advantage. The senior pitcher went the distance for coach Matt Scott’s team, struck out 11, gave up no walks, two hits and two runs, only one of which was earned.
Jordan Miller and Troy Jessup combined for the shutout for East Surry, with Miller pitching five innings, with five strikeouts, one walk, three hits and hit two batters, while Jessup came on in the sixth to pick up the save.
“It was a pitchers’ duel with a state playoff type atmosphere,” East Surry coach Barry Hall said. “Two quality teams going after each other in a tight game that could have gone either way. We were fortunate to get two runs. McLamb’s a quality pitcher, and he was more than we could handle, that’s for sure.”
East got its first run in the bottom of the third after Evan Smith led off the inning with a double. Devin Slate pushed Smith to third on a sacrifice bunt and Kyle Shinault hit a high fly ball to right field, with Smith barely beating a strong throw by Central’s Luke Harris at the plate.
“Smith did a good job of leading off the inning,” Hall said. “We preach ‘look fastball’ and he worked the count until he got one he could handle, then the other kids stepped in and did their job. You’ve got to do the small things to win games against good ball clubs and we did that tonight.”
The next run came in the bottom of the sixth, after junior Andrew Hunter reached on a two-out infield single. Hunter promptly stole second and third base, and when the Central throw to third went wild, Hunter came home on the error to make it 2-0 East Surry.
With so little opportunity for East to score, Hall said he and his staff were obviously happy the Cardinals took advantage of what was given.
“Everybody did their jobs,” Hall said. “We didn’t hit the ball tonight, but most of that is attributed to McLamb. Central is strong and we didn’t have overpowering pitching tonight, but we kept them off balance and we made a couple of good defensive plays when runners were on. That’s what it takes to win a quality ball game against a quality team.”
The loss drops Central to 6-3 in Northwest 1A/2A Conference play and 11-7 overall. East Surry moves above .500 in conference at 5-4 and is now 14-4 overall.
East Surry 2, Surry Central 0
SC — 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 4 1
ES — 0 0 1 0 0 1 X — 2 2 1
WP: Jordan Miller
LP: Austin McLamb
S: Troy Jessup
2B: ES — Evan Smith
East survives Surry Central
DOBSON — Surry Central softball played East Surry as close as anyone has in the Northwest 1A/2A conference Tuesday night, but still lost to the Cardinals 5-4.
Surry Central coach Glen Craddock said that the matchup created a championship caliber game, and he couldn’t have been more proud of his girls.
“They stepped on the field with a purpose tonight and they came out swinging,” Craddock said. “Of course, we are disappointed with the loss, but we have some things that we can work on and we can build on from this experience.”
One of those things is the never-say-die attitude Craddock said the Golden Eagles displayed.
Laken Weaver led off for Surry Central in the bottom of the first with a base hit followed by another by Lauren Key. After a strikeout and a fielder’s choice, Haley Durham found a gap in left field to plate Weaver and Key.
That 2-0 score held up until the fourth inning when East Surry’s Beth Isaacs hit a double to drive in Morgan Chilton.
East Surry scored again in the fifth, a base hit by Hayley Shelton to score Christian Smith.
The Cardinals kept creeping up, scoring two more in the sixth.
Surry Central’s Jessica Creed came in to pitch in the sixth with runners in scoring position, but managed to get the Eagles out of the jam without too much damage.
Surry Central tied it back up in the sixth, scoring two more runs with help from a Kirsten Gardner home run to make it 4-4 going into the seventh.
East Surry scored once more in the seventh, and Cardinal Hayley Shelton struck out two Eagle batters in the bottom of the inning to secure the game for the Cardinals.
“I’m proud that these girls actually came out swinging the bats off a pitcher like Hayley Shelton,” Craddock said. “They are a good ball team, and we proved tonight that we can play with them when we bring our game.”
East Surry coach Derrick Hill had similar feelings about his girls’ effort after they struggled early.
“We dug ourselves a hole and got down 2-0 in the first inning, but we scratched and clawed our way up,” Hill said. “We did what we had to do to win late in the ballgame and I have to give the kids credit because they decided to battle.”
Surry Central will play Bishop McGuinness in Winston-Salem on Friday and East Surry will take on North in Mount Airy the same day.
East Surry 5, Surry Central 4
ES: 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 2 - 5 4 1
SC: 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 - 4 6 3
WP: Hayley Shelton
LP: Chelsea Craddock
2B — ES: Samantha Smith, Beth Isaacs, Morgan Chilton; HR —SC: Kirsten Gardner
Surry Central loses 6-0 in soccer
DOBSON — Surry Central’s 6-0 loss to Bishop McGuinness Tuesday evening had the look of a close defensive struggle early in the girls soccer game.
Bishop McGuinness was up 1-0 at halftime, and though the Villains had several chances to score, the Golden Eagles kept them at bay.
The Eagles were all defense and no offense in the first half though, so Surry Central coach Matt Richardson decided to move his faster girls up front to try and exploit some holes in the Bishop defense.
In fact, the opposite happened as the Villains were able to take advantage of some defensive mismatches and the Eagles were never able to recover.
“They were excited coming out at halftime,” Richardson said. “But some girls were in some positions they weren’t used to and they didn’t adjust well.”
Bishop scored off a free kick in the 55th minute and came back quickly with another goal in the 56th minute to put Surry in a deep hole.
“We just kind of lost our heads a little bit when they put it to 3-0,” Richardson said. “We started taking some extra chances, not playing very disciplined and we weren’t spacing well.
“We just weren’t doing basic things you have to do to have success.”
Bishop scored again in the 62nd, 65th and 75th minutes to complete its five goals in 10 minutes’ tear.
Richardson said that was pretty typical of a Bishop McGuinness team, and his girls just weren’t equipped to handle it.
“They are just so fundamentally sound with good chemistry and good touch that it just eventually wore us out mentally and physically.”
The Eagles won’t have much time to rest as they head to Galax, Va., tomorrow for another game.
North Surry and East Surry tennis play close one
North Surry and East Surry squared off in a tennis match for the ages Tuesday night and the final outcome wasn’t decided until the last doubles match was finished.
North Surry pulled through with the 5-4 victory, but East Surry made sure the Greyhounds worked for every point.
The Greyhounds and Eagles switched wins back and forth all night.
North Surry’s Brandon Orndorff played the last singles match of the night in nailbiting fashion going 2-6, 6-2 and 10-8 over East’s Tyler Yandell, setting up the crucial doubles matches.
Orndorff came up big again in doubles paired with Nick Davis in the last doubles match of the evening with the score knotted 4-4. It was another close one as North Surry pulled it out over Huston Collins and Ken Anderson 10-8 to take the match.
The Greyhounds will take on Mount Airy tomorrow in its next match.
North Surry 5, East Surry 4
Brandon Orndorff (NS) d. Tyler Yandell (ES) 2-6, 6-2 10-8; Huston Collins (ES) d. Steven Krause (NS) 2-6, 6-4, 10-2; Nick Morgan (NS) Ken Anderson (ES) 6-2, 6-1; Dallas Hartley (ES) d. Daniel Taylor (NS) 3-6, 5-7, 10-8; Nick Davis (NS) d. Tanner Hartley (ES) 6-3, 6-3; J.P. Sigmond (ES) d. Landon Hodges (NS) 6-1, 7-5
Yandell/Hartley (ES) d. Krause/Morgan (NS) 10-7; Orndorff/Davis (NS) d. Collins/Anderson (ES) 10-8; Taylor/Hodges (NS) d. Hartley/Hill (ES) 10-4