PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry let its halftime lead slip away in a 4-2 nonconference soccer loss to Starmount on Thursday night.
Cole Casstevens scored early in the first half off a throw-in from Caleb Lowe to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead that held up until intermission.
Starmount got the equalizer early in the second half, and then scored two more goals in a 10-minute span to go ahead 3-1. The Rams had a 4-1 lead late in the game when Austin Haymore converted a penalty kick for East with five minutes remaining.
“We are a senior-laden team, we are just not playing to our potential,” East coach Bill Hart said. “We have a lot of hustle, we are just not jelling as a team.”
In an email Starmount Coach Edgar Zamora wrote:
“We began the season a bit jittery. New people in different positions, playing a new system. It was natural that the boys would come out a bit nervous. The passing was off and the timing was always a second too late. We moved the ball well but did not create width.
“We had a very good talk at halftime. I told them exactly what they needed to work on. We were a completely different team in the second half. One or two minutes in, we scored off of a Salomon Maya assist to Ulises Lopez. A couple minutes later, Maya and Jimenez moved the ball quickly to Lopez, who touched another goal in. A few minutes later, Erick Gonzalez assisted Victor Maya for his first Varsity goal. Finally, Juan Mora capitalized on a deflection from the East Surry defense and tapped the ball in for 4-1.”
Starmount, now 1-0, is at Bishop McGuinness Monday. East Surry fell to 0-2.
Forsyth Country Day 5, Elkin 0: In Lewisville, the Furies took over in hhe second half to claim a non-conference victory.
The game was played in four 20-minute periods due to the hot and humid conditions.
“They scored about 15 minutes in,” said Elkin Coach Heath Foster. “Then we played a pretty fantastic 20 minutes. We had six or seven shot attempts.”
Foster said the Buckin’ Elks faltered in the final two periods. “A lack of fitness and the heat killed us,” he said. “We just couldn’t keep up.”
Elkin, now 0-2, is at Forbush Monday at 7.
Mount Airy 3, Elkin 1: In Elkin, the Bears won the last three sets to claim their first win of the season.
The Elks won the first set, 25-20, but could not carry the momentum into the second set.
The Bears were led by Sadie Brooks, who Mount Airy Coach Chuck Morris, said “hit about .340. That’s a great day.”
Mount Airy went up 12-6 to start the second set and led 18-12 before serves by Samantha Cozart and a kill by Laken Brown pulled the Elks within three at 18-15. But the Bears controlled the rest of the set, winning seven of the next eight points to win 25-16.
Mount Airy controlled the third set at the outset, leading by six, 22-16 before Elkin Coach Jerry Ann Brown took a timeout. With Brown serving, the Elks tied it at 22-22 and were an unfortunate call away from going up 23-22. They lost the set, 25-23.
The Bears kept the Elks at a distance, leading by as much as seven before settling for a 20-16 lead late. They then ran off the last five points to win the fourth set, 25-16.
The win evened Mount Airy’s record at 1-1. “We were a little bit more consistent that we have been,”Morris said. “We still have a lot of work to do.
“I’ll say one thing about Elkin, they are playing a lot better. We could learn a lot from their camaraderie.”
“I do believe our team showed camaraderie,” Brown said. “They kept their heads in the game. They battled every play. I couldn’t wish them to do more.”
Brown said that no matter how things were going, her team “shook it off and kept playing.”
Kylie Thomas had five kills. Cozart led the Elks with eight assists. “She plays many roles as a sophomore,” Brown said of Cozart. “She was pretty instrumental tonight.”
Laken “Lucy” Brown had 19 serves and served five aces. Coach Brown also acknowledged the play of libero Nicole Collins who Brown said “came determined to play tonight.”
The Elkin junior varsity defeated Mount Airy 2-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-17).
Elkin, 0-2, hosts Bishop McGuinness Monday at 6:15.
Starmount drops pair: In Boonville, the Rams opened their season with a tri-mtach against Reagan and North Surry.
The Rams fell in four sets to Reagan and in three to North Surry.
Starmount is at Surry Central Tuesday.