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HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County goalkeeper Zach Surratt was asked by the head official to change his jersey early on in the Cavaliers’ Region IV first-round match against Cave Spring. His red and black top was too similar to the red and black of the visitors’ uniforms. With no suitable replacement on the Cavalier sidelines, Surratt donned one of the blaze orange sideline jerseys worn by the visitors.
Surratt probably felt like there were still a couple of Knights inside it by the time the evening was over.
Cave Spring peppered the Cavalier goalie with 30 shots, 15 of them on goal, and connected on six of them in a 6-1 win in the Region IV first round Monday at Tommy Thompson Field.
Surratt was able to come up with nine saves on the night, and for the six that got by him, there wasn’t much he could have done anyway as three were on headers, two on one-on-one situations and the final one on a two-on-one.
Surratt made his first save of the night a mere 20 seconds in, just before he was asked to make a wardrobe adjustment. But the Knights (10-8-2) connected three times in a 10-minute span to take a 3-0 halftime lead.
Luigi Greco headed in a Michael Cilek feed to break the ice in the 16th minute, giving Cave Spring the lead for good. Six minutes later, Cilek’s corner kick found Andreas Morles on the back side, and Morles scored on a header for a 2-0 lead.
Bryan Jellerson’s centering pass to Morles resulted in Cave Spring’s third goal, on another header, in the 26th minute.
Outshot 20-1 in the first 40 minutes, the Cavaliers managed three shots in the first four minutes of the second half. None were on goal, and the Cavaliers weren’t allowed another shot until the final six minutes.
Surratt and the Cavalier defense held the Knights at bay for most of the second half until a late flurry added to the Cave Spring total, as Simon Urrea scored twice in two minutes for a 5-0 lead.
Carroll County (8-11-1) got on the board in the 74th minute when Mikey Payne’s corner kick was headed in by Lucas Webb, but the Knights got the goal back four minutes later on a shot by Evan Johnson.
Cave Spring advanced to Tuesday’s quarterfinals at Abingdon.
Halftime – Cave Spring 3, Carroll County 0. Goals – Cave Spring: Greco (16), Morles (22, 26), Urrea (66, 68), Johnson (78); Carroll County: Webb (74). Assists – Cave Spring: Cilek 2, Jellerson, Harriman, Greco, Morles; Carroll County: Payne. Shots (on goal): Cave Spring 30 (15), Carroll County 5 (2). Corner kicks – Cave Spring 8, Carroll County 4. Offsides – Cave Spring 2, Carroll County 0. Fouls – Cave Spring 15, Carroll County 8.