The Sauras have won few games this season. Most of the young team’s success has been against weaker teams in the conference. But on Monday night, they showed everyone how well they could play in a 6-4 win against the East Surry Cardinals.
Cards Head Coach Bill Hart said he was surprised by the Sauras’ playing. Hart and the Cards took to the field that evening believing that they would win. The Sauras they played were not like the Sauras of the past few weeks. “They were scary,” he said. “They could really hustle.”
Hunter Rothrock led the scoring for the Sauras, making four out of the six goals in the game. The Sauras had excellent control of the ball, put together some great passing and scored at open opportunities. The Cards had several missed opportunities to score. Two of the Cards’ goals came from penalty kicks.
Sauras Head Coach Justin Shelton said that his team played one of the best games of the season. “We got the scoring opportunities, and we finished them,” he said.
Kevin Collins, Sauras assistant coach, said the team has grown a lot over the season. “Tonight represents maturing from the beginning of the season until the end,” he said.
In the first moments of the game, both teams worked to control the ball and had good passing. The Sauras quickly took control in the game. Within minutes of the game’s start, Rothrock broke away from defenders to put the ball in the goal, which brought the score to 1-0.
The Cards had some close shots early in the game, but couldn’t hit the mark. The Saura defenders worked overtime getting rid of the ball when it came into their territory.
Saura goalie Charles Finney blocked a close shot at the 27:58 marker that had South Stokes fans cheering.
With 14 minutes left in the first half, Rothrock broke through the Cards’ defense and tried for a goal. The ball was swatted away by the Cards’ goalie. Saura John Fischer regained control of the ball and drove it in for a goal, which made the score 2-0.
Late in the first half, a penalty was called against the Sauras. The Cards’ Jimmy Speer made a goal after a free kick, which brought the score to 2-1.
Just like in the first half, the Sauras got busy quickly putting balls in the goal. Just three minutes into the second half, Logan Cole broke away from defenders and drove the ball into the goal, which brought the score to 3-1.
At the 25:44 marker, the Austin Haymore turned a free kick into another goal for the Cards, which brought the score to 3-2.
Rothrock struck back for the Sauras just minutes later, which brought the score to 4-2. The last minutes of the game were marked with intensity. The Cards were fighting to even up the score and the Sauras were trying to push their lead forward.
The Sauras had a corner kick late in the game in Card territory. The ball soared and a well-placed heading by Rothrock put the ball in the goal, which made the score 5-2.
Just minutes later, Mario Fischer broke away from defenders, driving hard into Card territory. Fischer chipped the ball to Rothrock, who was standing in the goal area. Rothrock whipped around in the air, letting a kick fly and adding another goal for the Sauras.
After some rough playing by the Sauras, the Cards managed to make two penalty kicks, which brought the score to 6-4 to close out the game.
Shelton was happy with the way the Sauras played. This is the way they should have been playing all season, he said. “The Cards wanted this game, but we wanted it worse,” he said.
Hart said he was surprised by the Sauras’ performance. “I expected to win,” he said. “But they put the ball in the goal and we didn’t. They took advantage of their scoring opportunities.”