The Mount Airy soccer team still has some work to do, but the Granite Bears bounced back nicely in their first match of the new week, defeating North Wilkes 7-2 on Monday evening at Wallace Shelton Stadium.
Mount Airy (2-1) had turned in a forgettable performance in their last outing, getting battered 11-2 by a very strong Starmount team. Coach Will Hurley wasn’t so much disappointed in the loss as he was with the score, feeling that the Bears could have played much better defense.
He got what he wanted on Monday, although adding that further improvement was needed.
“As a team, we played pretty well,” said Hurley. “We had a bit better communication tonight, but we still need to do a better job of keeping our formation.”
Offense hasn’t been a problem for Mount Airy this season, and it wasn’t against the Vikings on Monday. The Bears peppered the North Wilkes goal with shots in the early going, but kept missing the mark.
“I thought we were going to score in the first 30 seconds, but we just kept missing it,” Hurley said.
The match actually went scoreless for about 13 and a half minutes before thunder struck seemingly all at once. The Granite Bears scored twice in a span of less than 25 seconds to take a 2-0 lead, on shots by Matthew Dodd and Austin Tumbarello, then extended their advantage to 3-0 less than three minutes later, on a 25-yard blast by Cooper Nester past the keeper in the 17th minute.
The Bears kept on attacking as the half moved along, and carried a 5-1 lead into intermission. They added two more goals in the second half to earn their second 7-2 victory over the Vikings this season.
Dodd and Nester each scored a pair of goals, with Tumbarello, Brown and Jesus Martinez rounding out the scoring. Brown was credited with an assist on one of the goals, and freshman Jackson Tumbarello assisted on his brother’s goal.
“We pass so well in the middle, and we control the ball very well,” said Hurley. “We just need to work on when we lose possession.”
The Bears will be on the road for the rest of the week. They visit Alleghany this evening, in the season opener for the Trojans, and then travel to East Wilkes (1-1) on Wednesday night.
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