STATESVILLE — Surry Central soccer coach Blake Roth refused to be disappointed with his team’s performance in a 2-0 loss to Statesville (8-0) on Monday night.
The Golden Eagles (9-2-2) battled one of the best 3A teams in the state down to the wire. Statesville only led by one score until the Greyhounds tacked on a final goal with six seconds remaining.
“We knew Statesville was going to provide good competition, and we didn’t shy away from it,” Roth said.
The Eagles’ coach noted that his team may have started the game a little nervous, and the Greyhounds held most of the possession in the first half.
Statesville took a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute on a quickly taken free kick that caught the Eagles off-guard and out of position.
Central tried to force Statesville offside, but a couple of defenders failed to get high enough on the field. The sequence ended with a header goal from Jose Guena who just barely beat Surry Central’s goalie Johnathan DeSantiago to the ball.
Roth credited his team with its resolve, and the Eagles possessed the ball well in the second half and created opportunities to score, forcing Statesville to work on the counter.
However, it was one of these counter attacks that gave the Greyhounds their second goal of the match. Surry Central pushed all of its defenders up the field searching for an equalizer, but the Eagles eventually turned the ball over in a dangerous spot.
A two-on-one attack ended with Luke Gettys slotting his shot past the DeSantiago in the final stages of the match.
Despite giving up two goals, DeSantiago made four or five massive saves, Roth said. The coach also mentioned that defender Moises Pineda and midfielder Adrian Gonzalez had an exceptional match.
Surry Central will be off the rest of this week, but the Eagles will host the fourth-annual Adan Huerta Memorial Alumni Game on Wednesday.
“We get to celebrate Adan’s life, and we get to see old friends and old players,” Roth said. “Our current players will get to see a great competition in a friendly atmosphere.”
The Eagles will officially return to action at home against South Stokes on Sept. 30 in the conference opener.