The Cardinals rode that quality result against a traditionally strong squad to a 2-0 victory over Buckin’ Elks Tuesday night on the road.
Last night East continued it’s solid play with a 4-1 home win over Alleghany to move to 3-0-1 on the season.
Coach Bill Hart said any win is a good win but Tuesday’s triumph over Elkin was special to a team on the rise.
“It’s huge,” Hart said. “I said last time that Elkin is where we are trying to get to. I respect Elkin’s program tremendously and we are trying to maintain that level of consistency and I think a win against Elkin is one more step towards that.”
Carson Mellow broke the scoreless tie just two minutes before the half off a pass from Eric Torres while Damion Padron added the insurance goal in the 27th minute of the second half off a perfectly placed free kick from 25 yards out.
Against Alleghany on Wednesday, Martin Recendiz brought the early offensive punch, scoring two first half goals within two minutes of each other to set the tone. Recendiz’s goals came on assists from Alberto Caro and Chase Nichols and were followed by an Ethan Atkins from Luis Beltran goal in the 24th minute of the first half and an unassisted goal from Trevor Simmons in the 28th minute of the second half.
“The boys played really well,” Hart said of Wednesday’s performance. “I was very happy with the passing, it was a lot crisper. We still need to work on decision making and finishing because we had a couple of opportunities where we missed a goal to say the least.”
East Surry will host East Wilkes tonight at 6:30 p.m. in a non-conference matchup.
CENTRAL BLANKS NORTH FORSYTH
Surry Central 4, North Forsyth 0
Over the next week the Surry Central soccer team will face some of its toughest competition of the season.
In a tune-up for matches against 4A Reagan and Reynolds, the Golden Eagles put a hurt on North Forsyth last night in Winston-Salem, 4-0.
Without starting forward Bernardo Leandro for the second consecutive game, Central dominated the ball and used its superior skill to keep the Vikings off balance.
But despite the lopsided win, Central coach Blake Roth said things could be better.
“We beat a 3A school and that’s something to be happy about but at the same time I’m looking at the bench and I’ve got two sitting out hurt and one who twisted his ankle pretty bad tonight,” Roth said. “Our biggest nemesis right now seems to be ourselves and our injuries.”
Edwin Alonso put up two first-half goals to get things started for Central with Orlando Perez and Donnis Barrios adding goals of their own in the second half to put the game away.
“Once we figured out the speed of their grass our touches outplayed them and we utilized that to our advantage,” Roth said. “We moved the ball around extremely well through the defense and the midfield. We scored on four of our seven chances and once you get down there and are knocking and can finish over half of your scoring opportunities that’s a good feeling, but the credit goes to how we moved the ball around and shook up their placement.”
In Reagan and Reynolds the Golden Eagles will be facing some of the top 4A talents in the area. Reagan won the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County soccer invitational tournament last week and should offer Central it’s stiffest competition of the year. Roth said that was the plan.
“This year Reagan is the best team in Forsyth County and we will have to see how we do at their place on Monday,” Roth said. “I told the boys this will be the hardest week until the playoffs. Coach Richardson and I asked how we could best simulate a playoff week and that’s kind of our idea.”
Central improves to 1-0-2 and will travel to Reagan Monday at 6:30 p.m.