Lady Rams move to 3-0 overall

By Dale Draughn - For The Yadkin Ripple

BOONVILLE — The Starmount Lady Rams soccer team has had an impressive few weeks on the field. The Lady Rams took wins over Surry Central and Ashe County to keep their undefeated season alive.

Starmount 3 – Surry Central 0

In a game that saw the Surry Central Lady Eagles possession with multiple shots at the Starmount Lady Rams defense and side of the goal, the Rams stood strong. Starmount was able to gain possession and hold on to take a 3-0 win over the Eagles.

The Lady Rams scored on a counterattack with 33:38 left in the first half, when Molly Maske scored off the assist of Irene Villanuneva Adame for a quick 1-0 Lady Rams advantage. Maske would light the net up again for the Lady Rams 20 minutes later at 13:33 off the assist of Hailey Gomez.

“We did a good job defensively and at the midfield, we just have stretches of lapses at times but we displayed our toughness as a team and all my players stepped up,” said Starmount head coach Dale Draughn. “After the half things got interesting and that is all I am saying, as three Lady Rams left the game with injuries through out the second half and would not return. I got a glimpse of what the future holds and I am pleased with how the girls responded, and again we bent but did not break.”

The Lady Rams scored their second goal in as many games in the final two minutes of the game as Hailey Gomez made a nice run down the right side and sent a pass over that pin balled through several players and then at the feet of Licxy Jimenez, who passed it to Alyssa Yanez for her first goal of the season and increased the Lady Rams lead to 3-0.

The Lady Rams were called for a foul with less than 10 seconds remaining and the Lady Eagles shot found the back of the net with zeros showing on the clock, thus the goal was disallowed, persevering the second shut out of the season for the Lady Rams.

“I was pleased with how we played and maintained our focus, as well as how the girls responded to the adversity they faced through out,” said Draughn.

Starmount 4 – Ashe County 3

The Lady Rams opened up their 1A/2A Mountain Valley Conference season at home and earned a hard fought victory over the Lady Huskies of Ashe County in OT by the score of 4-3.

The Lady Rams took a 1-0 lead with 24:32 remaining in the first half when Hailey Gomez scored an unassisted goal for the Lady Rams. Nine minutes later the Lady Rams’ Maggie Freed was fouled in the box and a penalty kick was awarded for the Lady Rams.

The penalty was blocked by the Ashe goalkeeper, but Isabel Najera recovered and put the ball in the back of the net for a 2-0 lead. The Lady Huskies cut into the Lady Rams lead before halftime when Jernee Ashley scored off the assist of Sam Woods with 3:22 remaining in the half. Starmount would take the lead into the half 2-1.

The Lady Huskies scored two minutes into the second half to tie the game off a nice shot by Sam Woods with 38:00 remaining in the game. It would not take the Lady Rams much time to score off a counter attack with 34:12 remaining for a 3-2 lead.

The Lady Rams would maintain that lead until 26:25 when a Lady Rams goal kick got caught in the wind and dropped at the feet of Jernee Ashley who made the Lady Rams pay for that mistake and scored to tie the game. That would be how the second half ended.

The Lady Rams scored the winning goal with 7:13 in the first of two 10-minute overtime periods, when Kimberly Catalan scored off the assist of Hailey Gomez for the 4-3 lead, which was eventually the game winner for the Lady Rams.

“We are a little banged up right now,” said Draughn. “I am having to move JV players up to fill spots or be subs for the varsity, but I am proud of how my Lady Rams conducted themselves in a tight and physical game.”

With the win the Lady Rams move to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference. The loss drops the Lady Huskies to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

By Dale Draughn

For The Yadkin Ripple