A pair of Cardinals came to roost on the soccer pitch at Ebb Tharpe Field Wednesday evening in Ronda. The visiting East Surry from Pilot Mountain showed their dominance as they claimed a 3-0 victory against East Wilkes in a nonconference matchup.
“I thought we played pretty flat tonight,” said East Wilkes Head Coach Austin Bare. “We played tonight on a two-day turn around after we beat South Stokes on Monday for our first win of the season.
“Monday was a closely contested game and I played all my starters for (the entire) 80 minutes. I think that showed tonight.”
East Surry (5-2-1) offensively pressured East Wilkes (1-4-2) for almost the entire game with precision passing and a lot of shots. The ball seldom crossed into East Surry’s zone unless they put it there looking for angles to attack the East Wilkes goal.
East Surry took 34 total shots, 21 of which were on goal. East Wilkes only mustered six total shots, four of which were on goal.
Myca Elmond, Chris Osorio and Alexander Galvin all scored goals for the visiting Cardinals.
“I thought that Jesus Juarez did an outstanding job between the pipes tonight, considering the number of shots he defended,” said Bare. “I am not completely sure, but he may be leading the conference in saves.”
East Wilkes’ best scoring opportunity came in about the eighth minute when Adalian Trinidad-Ventura dribbled deep into the East Surry zone and fired a close range shot, which Levi Bowman deflected.
Trinidad-Ventura corralled the rebound for a second shot, which also was rejected by Bowman. East Wilkes seldom threatened East Surry’s goal for the remainder of the contest.
“Injuries didn’t help us tonight either” said Bare. “Losing Jose Juarez and Ivan Sierra in the midfield, limited our ability to pass the ball around.
“Overall, I think I did see improvement since the last time we played them earlier in the season. They beat us 6-0 when we played them last in Pilot Mountain.”
East Wilkes will begin conference play on Monday when it visits the North Wilkes Vikings in Hays. East Surry returned home on Thursday to face county foe Surry Central and will then be off until next Thursday when it opens Western Piedmont Conference play at Forbush.