Smithfield: Sports

Corinth Holders wins its fifth straight

Truly great weeks in the first month of any sports season are rare.

Corinth Holders capped off one of those weeks with a 3-2 win over Surry Central in the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association Kickoff Classic Saturday.

The win was the fifth straight for the Pirates (5-1) and followed a 4-1 victory over Wilson Hunt three days earlier.

“It was a good week,” said Corinth Holders coach Brent Walston. “It’s always special to win at Hunt for me personally. But, more importantly, for our program that’s a quality win over a 3A power that’s always a factor in the playoffs.

“And we beat a team in Surry Central that’s been in the western regional championship two out of the last five years. We pulled together and played well in a big week.”

The Pirates never trailed against the Golden Eagles, a 2A power, and had an answer each time Surry Central pulled even.

Grant Alston picked up Corinth Holders’ first goal heading home a ball from Zach Blinson just three minutes into the match.

Surry Central equalized 20 minutes into the match the first time, then again with just 25 minutes left in regulation.

Junior Jackson Creech put the Pirates back on top seven minutes before the break. Creech won a ball, then beat a Surry Central defender before swinging a shot from the right flank into the left corner of the goal.

The game-winning goal came when the Pirates earned a penalty kick with 17 minutes to play forcing a Golden Eagles’ foul in the penalty box. Junior midfielder Aaron Lopez got the call for the kick and drilled a curling shot into the right corner of the goal.

Seven different Corinth Holders players figured into the scoring in the win over Wilson Hunt, where Walston started his coaching career before going to North Johnston, then Corinth Holders.

Hunter Lane, Braxton Brewington, Pedro Segundo and Creech picked up goals, while Loegan Biethman, Jamie Schap and Lopez earned assists.

The Pirates are playing three matches in four days this week.

“We’re just looking for continual improvement and that’s what we’re seeing,” Walston said. “We just want to keep it going.”