BOONVILLE — Ulises López and Bryan Jiménez each netted a hat trick as Starmount pulled away from Atkins for an 8-0 non-conference win Wednesday night.
Although they dominated the first half, the Rams led only 2-0 - the second goal coming with just 6:02 to play in the first half.
Starmount Coach Edgar Zamora said that being at home may have played a part in the slow start. “They’re excited,” he said. “They want their families to see them.”
It took almost 13 of the second half before López tapped in his second goal of the game to make it 3-0. Five more goals followed in the next 20 minutes as Starmount improved to 2-1.
López’s first goal came just over six minutes into the game as he bent one from 10 yards out past Atkins keeper Josh Williams. Jiménez’s first goal came with 6:02 left in the first half after he took a pass from Salomón Maya, beat his defender, and then beat the goalkeeper short side from five yards out to put the Rams up 2-0.
López’s second goal, on a set up from Jiménez, put the Rams up 3-0. Just over three minutes later, Maya made it 4-0 deking a defender and the goalkeeper after bringing it in from the edge.
Jiménez’s second goal made it 5-0, picking up a loose ball off a corner kick and depositing it top shelf. López then made it 6-0, following a shot by Yair Álvarez.
Maya picked up a second goal with just over 10 minutes left to make it 7-0 on a shot that turned into a cross from López.
Victor Maya scored the final goal for the Rams less than two minutes later to make it 8-0.
Zamora said it was his team’s “unselfishness” that impressed him most Wednesday. He said a game like the one against Atkins will give his team “a little confidence. The guys feel good,” he said. “It helps build depth. We had guys play their first minutes this season.”
Despite the slow start, Starmount kept its shape. “No distractions,” Zamora said. “Whenever we scored a goal; whenever a ball went out, we kept out shape.”
Shots were 22-9 in favor of Starmount. The Rams had 14 shots on frame, while the Camels had nine. Starmount took eight corners, while Atkins took just one.
Starmount hosts West Stokes Tuesday before traveling to East Bend to face Forbush next Thursday.
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-258-4052 or Twitter @elkinareasports.