Freshman Evan O’Leary accounted for two goals and four assists for South Stokes on Tuesday in their 9-0 Northwest 1A Conference win over North Stokes in Walnut Cove. The Sauras have now won four consecutive games and are undefeated 4-0 in their conference.
“We played very well tonight,” said Saura coach Danny Bowman. “We were able to move and pass the ball and do the small things right. We’ve struggled with that this year and we’re getting better. We had good spacing and were able to control the game and the ball. We need to continue doing those things if we want to be successful in the future.”
It didn’t take the Sauras long to get on the board when junior Madison Greene found the back of the net on an assist from O’Leary 42 seconds into the game. Three minutes later, Rhiannon Dunlap, another freshman, scored off of a corner kick for the 2-0 advantage.
South extended their lead at the 34:37 mark of the first half on Dunlap’s second goal of the contest on an assist from Greene. Greene tallied two more kicks in the first half with O’Leary having assists on both shots for the 5-0 edge. Freshman Savannah Nelson finished off the scoring in the first stanza and a 6-0 lead at halftime on O’Leary’s fourth assist of the game.
The Sauras added three more goals in the second half. O’Leary scored off of a corner kick by Lilly Weaver eight minutes in and senior captain Hannah King hit a long distance shot from 35-yards out 14 minutes later. O’Leary ended the game with 10:41 left on a kick from the right side from inside the box.
“Give them credit,” said Viking coach Michael Richardson. “They came in with an excellent game plan. Our girls were sluggish tonight and didn’t play well. Our warmups weren’t very good and the girls dropped their heads when they scored quickly to start the game. We need to be better prepared for Friday and come ready to play hard.”
Greene completed the game with three goals and one assist. Dunlap added two goals and Nelson had one. Weaver and Caroline Richardson had one save each in the goal, while Nelson had two. North Stokes goalie Addie Bryant recorded 19 saves on 28 shots. The Sauras had six corner kicks and the Vikings none.
South Stokes improves to 8-4 overall and the Vikings fall to 0-9. The Sauras, the state’s 14th ranked 1A team, will host number seven Bishop McGuinness on Friday at 6 p.m. and North Stokes will welcome Mount Airy (6-5) to Danbury.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.