BOONVILLE — Starmount soccer is looking to start the season strong with a win, but to do that, they’ll have to get past a team that made it to the state championship last year.
Starmount squares off against East Surry, the 2014 runner-ups, in the 1A class season opener at Starmount Monday at 6 p.m. They know they can get past the team in the season opener; they did it last year on East Surry’s turf with a 4-2 win.
“East Surry is a top-notch team,” Head Coach Edgar Zamora said. “We like to play against top-notch teams and we’re going to get a good game out of them.”
Stepping up as head captain this season is Vicente Adame, whose performance last year earned him a spot on the All-Mountain Valley Athletic Conference team.
“Everybody has respect for Vicente. You see it when he has the ball, everybody trusts his decisions and they look up to him. He plays at a high level,” Zamora said.
Starmount doesn’t get much rest as it goes from hosting East Surry to hosting North Surry on Aug. 19. Non-conference play continues until mid-September, when the Rams host North Wilkes on Sept. 14 at 5:15 p.m. Their full schedule will be posted in the Fall Sports (Football) season preview later this month. Zamora set up one big goal during practice on Monday evening.
“After nine years, our goal is to win the conference tournament,” Zamora said, asking how many championships they have. “One. Everybody knows that.”
Zamora is only in his second year as head coach at Starmount, but helped lead the team to the third round of the 1A tournament in 2014. A 2007 graduate, he ranks third in program history with 74 career goals. He was on the team the last time it won the conference tournament in 2006, a year in which Zamora also earned all-conference honors.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.