Starmount soccer earns wins

By Dale Draughn - For The Yadkin Ripple

BOONVILLE — The Starmount women’s soccer team has had a successful 2018 season. Last week, the Lady Rams took wins over Elkin, North Surry and Alleghany.

Starmount 5 – Elkin 3

In the second meeting between the Lady Elks and Lady Rams soccer team, it was a hard fought battle between both teams. Elkin was able to score first, but Starmount was able to come away with a 5-3 conference win.

The Lady Elks of Elkin got on the board first in the second girls’ soccer installment of the Battle of the Bridge, when Catie Beth Brown scored an unassisted goal with 28 minutes remaining in the first half. That goal woke up the Lady Rams, who scored two quick goals to take the lead.

The first goal was off the foot of Isabel Najera with the assist by Sierra Casstevens. Kimberly Catalan scored the go-ahead goal for the Lady Rams off the assist of Maggie Freed. Before the first half was over, Elkin was able to score the tying goal. Kathryn Jennings was able to make her way down the field, and found the feet of Lupita Fuentes, who put the ball into the back of the net.

With the score tied 2-2, Starmount revved up its momentum and put in another goal just as time was winding down. Elizabeth Solorzano was able to put in the goal as Hailey Gomez came away with the assist. After a hard-fought first 40 minutes, Starmount had a 3-2 lead over Elkin.

In the second half, Starmount was able to capitalize early as Casstevens found Alyssa Yanez for the fourth goal of the night. Elkin was not about to let the Rams take all of the momentum, as the Lady Elks were able to put in their third goal of the night. Jennings put in the goal for the Elks to cut Starmount’s lead to just one goal.

As the second half was winding down, Elkin tried to battle for the tying goal, but the Rams were able to hang on. Starmount was able to put in a security goal late in the half as Gomez scored the final goal of the night.

“We did a good job in both halves,” said Starmount head coach Dale Draughn. “We did not panic when they scored the go-ahead goal. We did a good job of passing and moving the ball around and making our runs.”

Stephanie Brown recorded 13 saves for Starmount, while the Abbie Flores recorded 11 saves for Elkin.

Starmount 5 – North Surry 0

The Starmount Lady Rams soccer team stepped out of Mountain Valley 1A/2A conference action with a non-conference game against the Lady Greyhounds of North Surry. The Lady Rams shut out the Lady Greyhounds by a score of 5-0.

“We played a solid game in both halves last night and we kept our composure,” said Draughn of his Lady Rams. “Stephanie Brown, our goalie, really made some good saves at point-blank range to keep the shut out in tack and we played better overall team soccer. These girls have a never-say-die attitude and continue to train and work hard in practice. We are hopefully starting to click and find our groove in the last part of the season and into the playoffs, which are over a month away. We are taking it one game at a time, and we will see what happens at the end of the season.”

Things were tight in the first half as the Lady Rams had a hard time getting through the Lady Greyhounds’ defense after Hailey Gomez scored an unassisted goal to open things up with only four minutes gone in the first half for a quick 1-0 Lady Rams lead. That goal would be all the Lady Rams would need for the win but added four insurance goals in the second half for the final margin of victory of 5-0.

The Lady Rams got rolling offensively in the second half, as Gomez recorded two more unassisted goals for a hat trick (32:15 and 28:59). Irene Villanueva Adame scored off the assist of Licxy Jimenez to increase the score to 4-0. The final Lady Rams goal of the night came off a corner kick from Hailey Gomez to Alyssa Yanez for the 5-0 with only three seconds remaining in the game.

Starmount 7 – Alleghany 0

The Starmount Lady Rams traveled to Sparta on Friday afternoon for a conference game against the Lady Trojans of Alleghany and came away with a 7-0 victory.

“We played a solid game and had some decent runs in the game, but credit Alleghany, they played tough and they were physical and aggressive,” said Dale Draughn of Starmount. “In the win, I think we became shot-happy wanting to score goals and we missed two penalties and several opportunities throughout the game, but a win is a win no matter what it looks like and we move on from it.”

Irene Villanueva Adame scored the first of her hat trick with 36:09 remaining in the first half off the assist of Kimberly Catalan and the Lady Rams never looked back, leaving the Lady Trojans in their wake.

Sierra Casstevens scored off the assist of Hailey Gomez, Isabel Najera off the assist of Alyssa Yanez, and then Najera again off the assist of Maggie Freed for a 4-0 Lady Rams advantage heading into the half.

Maggie Freed opened the scoring in the second half with an unassisted goal and then Irene Villanueva Adame scored the final two goals off the assists of Alyssa Yanez. Starmount was able to take a dominating 7-0 win.

Starmount 7 – Alleghany 0

The Lady Trojans traveled to Boonville on Monday night. Once again, the Lady Rams defeated the Lady Trojans by a score of 7-0 . The only thing different was the Lady Trojans did manage a shot on goal but that was saved by the Rams goalie, Stephanie Brown.

The Lady Rams had goals from Licxy Jimenez (first goal of the season), a hat trick from Isabel Najera, two goals from Alyssa Yanez, and one goal by Hailey Gomez for the final 7-0 score.

The Lady Rams had five assists on their seven goals by the following players — Licxy Jimenez, Isabel Najera, Maggie Freed, and two by Hailey Gomez.

By Dale Draughn

For The Yadkin Ripple