EAST BEND — The Forbush Falcons and Starmount Rams women’s soccer teams were in action on Monday night. The cross-county rivals always bring out a good crowd and Monday night’s game was no exception. The Falcons beat the Rams by a score of 6-0.
The game started off at a leisurely pace for both sides. In the 18th minute, Forbush player Marley Martin broke through Starmount’s defense to get the first goal of the night. It took the Rams 20 minutes to get their first shot on goal, but it was scooped up by Falcons keeper Calyn Davis. Starmount keeper Courtney Byrd had several saves in the first half that kept the Rams in the game. The first half was lackluster for both ends in a game that usually brings a lot of energy.
“We’re building, we’re still young,” Coach Dale Draughn of Starmount said following his team’s game on Tuesday night. “We have two seniors, but we’re already building and doing better than we did last year.”
The second half was all about the Forbush Falcons. They started off on the ball and didn’t let up until the final whistle blew. Two minutes into the second half, Anna Kathryn Kilby found the back of the net for the Falcons. She fired off a shot from the top of the 18-yard box and the ball sailed over the keeper’s head into the net. Though Starmount tried, it couldn’t seem to catch onto the Falcons’ offense after Kilby’s goal.
A few minutes after Kilby’s goal, Falcon midfielder Macey York put the third goal into the net for Forbush. The goals kept coming for Forbush as Michaela Stone found the upper 90 for the Falcons’ fourth goal, Madelyn Crews scored the fifth, and Kilby grabbed her second of the night for the Falcons’ sixth and final goal.
“I felt good about the second half,” Forbush Coach Kenan James said about the Falcons’ performance. “I thought we finished well because we were three for three with our shots. It was a good win for us.”
Courtney Byrd had a huge game for the Rams as she recorded 15 saves off of 21 shots. The last two times the Falcons met the Rams, the mercy rule went into effect. On Tuesday night, the Rams’ defense was able to hold the Falcons to only six goals.
“I give my girls credit,” Draughn said. “They fought hard when they could have just given up.”
The loss brings Starmount to an overall record of 3-2. Its next game is Friday against East Wilkes.
Forbush’s win brings it to an overall record of 7-0; its next game will be Friday versus Bishop McGuinness.