Lady Rams soccer earns a win and a loss

By Dale Draughn - For The Tribune and The Yadkin Ripple

The Starmount Rams soccer team earned a win and a loss over the past few days. The Rams took on Elkin on Friday night where they came away with a 3-1 win. On Monday night, the Rams faced Ashe County where they fell 2-0. Starmount sits at 3-2-1 overall, and 1-1 in the conference.

Starmount 3 – Elkin 1

The Starmount Lady Rams traveled the short distance on Friday night to take the Lady Elks of Elkin in the first of two Battle of the Bridge soccer games. The Lady Rams won the game by a score of 3-1.

The Rams established themselves early possessing the ball and passing very well and attacking which lead to a quick score from Claire Maske off the assist of her sister, Molly Maske, with 36:37 remaining in the first half. The Lady Rams’ next goal would come off a corner kick from Hailey Gomez to Maske with 21:41 remaining for a 2-0 Rams lead.

The Lady Elks turned up the pressure and scored with 16:50 remaining on their only shot of the first half in which Kathryn Jennings scored off the assist of Catie Beth Brown to cut into the Lady Rams lead 2-1.

The Lady Rams took the lead into the half and maintained that lead into the second when the Lady Elks turned up their offensive pressure looking for the tying goal and they played better defense.

“Elkin took us out of our game plan somewhat in the second half. We did not possess or pass as well as we did in the first half,” said Dale Draughn of his team’s performance.

Late in the second half, Starmount’s Maske scored off the assist of Isabel Najera with 4:30 remaining to give the Lady Rams a two-goal advantage.

“We changed a few things, moved some positions, and last night was the first time we had used it in an actual game,” said Draughn. “After the game, the girls liked how it worked and how we were able to generate a few goals, that makes me happy as a coach and we will continue to tweak things and work on things through out the season.”

The Lady Elks out-shot the Lady Rams on goal in the second half by a 7-6 margin, but the Lady Rams had the advantage for the game with a 17 to 9 margin. Courtney Byrd recorded eight saves for the Rams, while Abbie Flores recorded 11 saves in goal for the Lady Elks.

Ashe County 2 – Starmount 0

The Starmount Lady Rams were defeated at home on Monday night by the visiting Lady Huskies of Ashe County by a score of 2-0. The Lady Huskies scored their first goal with 21:02 remaining in the first half off a free kick from Carolina Current.

The first half saw the Lady Rams out shoot their counterparts by a count of 10 to 3 on goal, but the Lady Huskies put the ball in the back of the net.

“Ashe took advantage of their opportunities and we did not,” said Coach Dale Draughn of his team’s first half performance.

The Lady Rams had a chance to tie the game when Sierra Casstevens was taken down in the box in the second half by a Lady Husky defender. The Rams were awarded a penalty kick but failed to score as the kick went right to the keeper.

“The missed penalty really seemed to take the wind out of our sails. We still need to do a better job of possessing the ball, passing with a purpose and playing overall team soccer,” said Draughn. “We played well in the first half and in my opinion out-played the Huskies and should have scored a couple of goals, but Lady Luck was not on our side in the first or second halves tonight.”

The Lady Huskies’ second goal of the night came from Melissa Ramos with 9:27 remaining in the game.

“We had some good shots on goal in the second half, but tonight was not our night. Do not take anything away from Ashe County, they played very well and clogged up our passing lanes,” said Draughn. “We will be OK, this is definitely not the outcome of the game we wanted, but I always have a fear of Monday games and now I really do not like them due to two reasons — no practice since Friday or Thursday, and not going to school. Both teams played well and they got this one. We still have to go to Ashe County.”

The loss drops the Lady Rams to 3-2-1 and 1-1 in the conference while the win improves the Lady Huskies’ overall record to 2-4 and evens their conference record at 1-1.

“Two totally different teams between our game at Elkin on Friday and last night’s game against Ashe,” said Draughn. “We have to be ready to play game in and game out especially now that we are in conference play.”

The Lady Rams will look to improve their conference record and overall record with a home match against Alleghany on Tuesday night. Results were not available by press deadline.

By Dale Draughn

For The Tribune and The Yadkin Ripple