EAST BEND - Neither Starmount or Forbush could find the win column in soccer action Monday night.
Ashe County 1, Starmount 0 - West Jefferson
The Rams and Huskies battled through a deadlock for 75 minutes of competitive soccer Monday in West Jefferson.
But the last five minutes of the game proved to be the difference.
Ashe’s Frank Lezman fired a shot past Hunter Johnson in goal with 5:03 remaining in what would prove to be the game-winner.
“I told the boys that we let one get away from us tonight,” Starmount head coach Dale Draughn said. “We came in prepared and played well.
“But it is like a broken record - we can not find anybody who wants to put the ball in the back of the net. We had some good opportunities but we can not buy a goal. We must do a better job of finishing our opportunities in close and tight games.”
Starmount ripped off 11 shots at goal - including three by Nathan Walker - but came up empty, dropping their first Mountain Valley Conference game of the season.
“We have been in every game, with the exception of two, but we have battled until the end,” Draughn continued. “We are still trying to find the right combination. I made some changes at halftime but we lost our shape and got away from our overall game plan late in the second half.”
Starmount falls to 1-5-2 on the year, including a 1-1-1 mark in conference play.
Forbush 2, West Forsyth 2 - East Bend
Coming off a dominating mercy-rule victory over Elkin, the Falcons were unable to muster up the same offensive firepower against West Forsyth Monday.
Forbush answered each Titan goal, but could not pull ahead.
After Eric Prato got West on the board first early in the first half, Edgar DelaSancha found the equalizer five minutes later. Gerardo Rodriguez converted a penalty kick in the 19th minute to give the Titans a 2-1 lead that would keep until midway through the second half.
In the 58th minute, DelaSancha tallied his second goal of the night, bringing the Falcons even once again at 2-2.
The Falcons dropped to 5-2-1 on the season with the draw.
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