For much of the first half of Monday’s 4-0 win, the Surry Central soccer team must have thought there was an invisible cover on the front of the opposing goal.
The Golden Eagles peppered the West Stokes goal with shots and rarely even allowed the visiting Wildcats to clear the ball out of their own end of the field. Twice, the team saw well-placed shots on goal clang off the side posts, and another one ricocheted off the crossbar so hard that you could hear it from the cheap seats.
Despite all of that, the Eagles went the first 14 minutes of the match locked in a scoreless tie with an obviously overmatched opponent.
The Eagles (13-3-2, 4-1 Western Piedmont Conference) kept on pushing after taking a 1-0 lead.
The teams battled for the rest of the first half with only a few more serious threats, but the Eagles quickly put it away when the second half started.
The Wildcats mounted one of their few threats a minute into the half, when one of their forwards out-ran the entire Surry Central team all the way into the Eagles’ box and took what amounted to a penalty kick against Central keeper Ryan Gordon. Gordon, from about six yards out, got his hands on the ball and sent it flying in the other direction.
With 35:32 left to play, the Eagles’ Brayan Gomez made it 3-0 by heading in a pass exactly four minutes later. A corner kick headed in from the front of the goal to complete the scoring.
The Wildcats are currently 6-5-2 and 0-2-1 in the Western Piedmont Conference. West Stokes hosts North Surry on Friday at 5:30 in a makeup game originally scheduled for Sept. 28.