Rams beat Cardinals in 43 minutes


By Kristian Russell - krussell@elkintribune.com



Victor Maya (10) makes a break past East Wilkes defender Ivan Sierra (22) on Monday night.


Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

Nathan Wagoner finds his way down the field for the Starmount Rams.


Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

BOONVILLE — The Starmount Rams soccer team continued its dominating streak of performances with a 9-0 win over East Wilkes on Monday night. The Rams took on the Cardinals and put the game away in 43 minutes to earn their seventh win of the season.

It took seven minutes for the Rams to find their first goal of the night. The play started out of the back as the Rams passed the ball around until finding the goal. Jordan Anderson put the ball in the back of the net to give Starmount a 1-0 lead over East Wilkes with 31:44 left in the first half. Starmount kept its pressure up to earn three corners in the opening 10 minutes of the game. Three minutes after the first goal, Marlon Mejia found Starmount’s second goal. Mejia beat two East Wilkes defenders before booting the ball into the goal for a 2-0 lead.

East Wilkes was able to find its first shot on goal in the 20th minute of play, but the shot was saved by Starmount’s keeper. Just as it looked like East Wilkes would be able to hold off another Starmount run, the Rams scored their third goal of the night. Jonathan Flores confidentially beat several East Wilkes player before slotting the ball into the far corner to give Starmount a 3-0 lead with 19:27 left in the first half.

From there, the flood gates seemed to open up for Starmount. Nathan Wagoner found a goal at the 25-minute mark, which was followed up by a goal courtesy of Brandon Ocampo. In the final five minutes of the first half, Starmount scored three more goals to make the score 8-0. Flores found his second goal of the night, followed by a goal by Jayven Najera, and another goal by Ocampo. At halftime Starmount was sitting pretty with an 8-0 lead over East Wilkes.

The second half lasted a total of three minutes before Starmount put in the final goal to take a 9-0 win over East Wilkes. The Rams took its time finding the right passes and momentum until they found the back of the net to enforce the mercy rule.

With the win, Starmount moves to 7-0-1 overall and 3-0 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference. East Wilkes moves to 2-8 overall, and 2-1 in the MVAC.

Victor Maya (10) makes a break past East Wilkes defender Ivan Sierra (22) on Monday night.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_DSC_0119-1.jpgVictor Maya (10) makes a break past East Wilkes defender Ivan Sierra (22) on Monday night. Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

Nathan Wagoner finds his way down the field for the Starmount Rams.
http://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_DSC_0107-1.jpgNathan Wagoner finds his way down the field for the Starmount Rams. Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

By Kristian Russell

krussell@elkintribune.com

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