Bishop McGuinness has run roughshod through the Northwest 1A Conference this season, and the Villains’ 2016 season seems likely to end with a serious run at a state championship.
The team’s Tuesday evening stop in Mount Airy was just a bump in the road, as the young Lady Bears were unable to hang with Bishop and dropped a 9-0 contest that was called to a half midway through the second half.
“I’m very proud of my kids and I’m just glad we came out of this without any injuries,” said Mount Airy coach Will Hurley. “Coming in, I just didn’t want anyone getting hurt.”
Bishop (11-4-3, 8-0 NWIA) continued its streak of having not allowed a goal in a conference match. The Villains have outscored their league opponents by a composite score of 68-0 this season. The team’s four losses were at the hands of a pair of 4A teams, 2A power West Stokes, and undefeated Forbush.
The Villains led 6-0 at intermission and continued attacking the goal in the second half. Mount Airy kept them off the board for about nine minutes, but Bishop scored three more in the next 10 minutes against different defensive alignments for the Lady Bears and ended it with 20:46 remaining.
The Lady Bears (9-8-2, 5-3) still have plenty to play for despite the loss. The win clinched the outright NW1A title and top playoff seed for the Villains, but Mount Airy still has a shot at the No. 2 spot if it can sweep its final two conference matches. Mount Airy visits North Stokes on Friday night, and if they win that, they can tie East Surry for second on Senior Night come May 3.
“We have some big games coming up,” said Hurley. “Hopefully, everyone will be good to go for those games.”