ELKIN - A seven-minute scoring spurt was all the Buckin’ Elks needed Monday to secure their second Mountain Valley Conference victory against West Wilkes in Millers Creek.
With the game in a scoreless deadlock at the break, Elkin reeled off three goals in seven minutes to knock off the Blackhawks on the road, 3-1.
Senior captain Daniel Cortes broke the tie when he found the back of the net after gathering a loose ball in the box and firing past the keeper to give the Elks a 1-0 lead early in the second half. Elkin added two more insurance goals in the 52nd and 55th minutes to put the game out of reach.
“It was a great win - we needed it,” Elkin head coach Heath Foster explained. “We started slow and it was 0-0 at the half. I told the guys that once we score, you have to keep pounding and keep pounding, and we scored three goals in seven minutes.
“It was nice to get the win and get some momentum. I thought it would carry over, but we didn’t play too hot.”
The Elks hoped that momentum would carry over against former conference foe Forbush in a non-conference tilt Wednesday night at Grissom Stadium.
But the Falcons put the game away in a hurry.
Forbush scored four goals in the opening 30 minutes of play - including two in a 1:30 span early - to grab a quick, commanding lead.
Coming out of halftime, Drew Shinkle finally put the Elks on the board when he converted a penalty kick less than four minutes into the half, trimming the lead to 4-1.
But Forbush reeled off three more goals in a back-breaking four-minute span to grab a 7-1 advantage.
The Falcons found the back of the net three more times to end the game courtesy of the mercy rule, 10-1, with 12:50 remaining in the contest.
Nine different Falcons scored in the game: Edgar DelaSancha, Oscar Guadarrama, Eduardo Peralta, Josue Rodriguez, Gilberto Herrera, Ryan Miller, Dylan Andrade, Wesley Miller and Schuyler Eldridge.
“Eight of their 10 goals came on a concept that we work on in practice - play inside your man. We weren’t where we needed to be defensively,” Foster said. “We had a few opportunities to score and we didn’t take advantage. They played really well and we played really bad.”
Despite the mercy-rule defeat, the Elks sit at 3-3, including a perfect 2-0 in league play. But Foster believes the team has the potential to be more than a .500 club.
“It’s been a slower start than I thought,” he explained. “We played really great at Bishop McGuinness - beat them, 2-1 - but ever since then, we can’t put 80 minutes of soccer together; sometimes not even 40 or 10. We have a lot of potential, but potential doesn’t mean anything if you can’t act on it.
“I think we’re going to do well in the 1A conference,” Foster continued. “There is no reason we shouldn’t win it. But we have to play like we did at Bishop, we can’t just do that every four or five games…we have to do that every game.”
The Elks have a quick turnaround, traveling to Ashe County Thursday night before hosting Alleghany Monday.
Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.