Rams edge out East Wilkes in overtime

By Dale Draughn - For The Yadkin Ripple and The Tribune

RONDA — The Starmount Lady Rams socer team and the East Wilkes Lady Cardinals met in Ronda on Friday to open both teams Mountain Valley 1A/2A conference slate. It was evident that the Lady Cardinals came to play as well as the Lady Rams. The action was fast paced and the Rams controlled the majority of the shots on goal for the first half but could not get a shot past the East Wilkes goalkeeper.

East Wilkes struck first when Ciara Pierce earned a breakaway on pass and took it to goal, the Rams keeper made the save but the official deemed it crossed the line on bounce. The Cardinals went ahead 1-0. The Rams tied the game at the 13:36 mark when Diana Flores scored off the assist of Isabel Najera. East Wilkes would retake the lead when Melia Higgins scored off the assist of Christa Burchette. The Rams would answer with a goal from Isabel Najera off the assist of Sierra Casstevens with 1:18 remaining before the half. At the half the score was 2-2.

The Rams would start off strong again in the second half when the took the lead with 38:37 left in the second half off a nice strike from Maggie Freed off the assist of Claire Maske for a 3-2 lead. The goals would stop until the 21 minute mark when East tied the game with Ciara Pierce scoring off a missed clear by the Rams defense to make the score 3-3.

The Cardinals would retake the lead again as Ciara Pierce recorded her hat trick on the night with 16:29 remaining in the second half. The Rams would answer back once again with 15:59 left with the goal coming off the foot of Diana Flores assisted by Sierra Casstevens.

Both teams had several good chances in the last 15 minutes, the Rams one shot at the end of the game but the shot rolled just wide on the left side of the goal. In the overtime periods both teams played extremely hard, but in the end it came down to a hand ball in the box for East Wilkes and the Rams Diana Flores recorded her hat trick for the night as she nailed the PK for a 5-4 hard fought win by the Rams.

“Both teams battled very hard, East Wilkes has a good core of players and Rodney is working very hard with them.” Starmount Coach Dale Draughn said. “This was a game you hate to see anybody lose because both teams played so well. I feel relived to come out of here with a win.”

The win improves the Rams over-all record to 4-2 and 1-0 in conference play. The Rams return to action on Tuesday with a 5:15 start time, and then on Thursday they host Wilkes Central.

By Dale Draughn

For The Yadkin Ripple and The Tribune

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