Lady Rams earn one win, one loss

By Dale Draughn - For The Tribune

BOONVILLE — The Starmount soccer team is winding down its regular season play with non-conference and conference games. On Wednesday night, the Rams took on the Forbush Falcons, and on Friday night, Starmount hosted West Wilkes.

Forbush 2 – Starmount 0

The Lady Rams hosted in-county rival, Forbush, in a non-conference game on Wednesday night. The Lady Falcons defeated the Lady Rams by a score of 2-0 with both goals coming in the first 20 minutes of the first half.

“We got to play a lot of defense tonight and Courtney Byrd saved us several times to keep the score at 2-0. We had three shots on goal in the second half and we should have done more with those opportunities, but it is what it is,” said Coach Dale Draughn of his team’s play against their in-county rivals.

“Forbush possessed the ball and played a solid game, we just struggled to string passes together and continue our runs. We played very well in the second half of the game but just could not get it over or around their defense.”

Forbush is ranked third in the 2A NCHSAA state rankings and holds an overall record of 15-5-1. Starmount is ranked 20 in the 1A NCHSAA state rankings.

“(Forbush) has owned the rivalry, but we are making strides and gaining some ground in my eyes,” said Draughn. “We just have to put it behind us and focus on the rest of our conference games and the playoffs. At times we beat ourselves up mentally and gave up early goals only to play good solid second half, but I am proud of how my girls responded. They could have easily given up after going down 2-0, but if I have learned one thing about my team this season — they play to the very end and I applaud them for that.”

Starmount 10 – West Wilkes 1

It did not take the Lady Rams long to get on the scoreboard in the first half and dominate the rest of the game against West Wilkes. Starmount scored 10 goals before the mercy rule was put into effect.

“I was impressed with how we played,” said Draughn. “I think we hit a wall after the first two goals, but we got our second wind and passed the ball very well and finished crosses and played to the level I knew we could the entire season.”

The Lady Rams opened the scoring at the 36:45 point of the first half when Alyssa Yanez scored off the assist of Isabel Najera. Two minutes later Claire Maske would score the first of her four goals off the assist of Hailey Gomez for a quick two 2-0. Yanez would scored her second goal off the assist of Najera with 13:43 left in the first half.

The Blackhawks would cut into the Lady Rams’ lead when Jaimi Shell scored to make the score 3-1. The Lady Rams would then score five unanswered goals, which began with Claire Maske off the assist of Ashley Arciniega, Maggie Freed scored off the assist of Molly Maske. The Maske sisters connected from a cross of Molly Maske to Claire Maske, who headed the ball into the goal for a 6-1 lead.

The final two goals came off the foot of Claire Maske assisted by Hailey Gomez with 5:54 remaining. The final goal of the first half came off the foot of Molly Maske for the Rams’ 8-1 lead. It only took the Lady Rams a few minutes to end the game early, as Hailey Gomez scored off the assist of Isabel Najera, then Najera scored the game ending goal off the assist of Gomez for the final 10-1 score.

The win improves the Lady Rams’ overall record to 10-6-1 and its conference record to 8-3. The Lady Rams return to action on Monday when they host Wilkes Central for Senior Night. The Rams finish up the regular season with two road games on Wednesday at North Wilkes and Friday at East Wilkes.

By Dale Draughn

For The Tribune

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