Rams handle Vikings

By Dale Draughn - For The Tribune

HAYS — The Starmount Lady Rams traveled to Hays for a conference encounter with North Wilkes on Wednesday night. The Lady Rams used a solid first half en route to a 6-1 win over the Lady Vikings.

“We came out a little leg weary but once we found our legs and got into the flow of the game, we did what we came for and that was a win. We played a very solid game tonight and we put together two good halves of soccer,” said Rams Coach Dale Draughn. “We passed the ball very well and made our runs, as well as maintained the midfield.”

The Rams would score their first goal when Maggie Freed scored off the assist of Diana Flores with 27 minutes remaining in the first half. The Vikings would answer right back with a goal of their own with 26:31 showing on the game clock but from that point on, the Rams took the lead four minutes later and never looked back as Amber Hurst scored the first of her two PK’s with 22:41 remaining and then Diana Flores scored off the assist of Hurst for the Rams 3-1 advantage with 17:28 to go in the first half. Hurst would record her second PK goal at the 14:50 mark for a 4-1 Lady Rams lead.

The final goal of the half came from the first goal combination, but in the opposite order as Diana Flores scored off a Maggie Freed pass with 11:03 to go in the first half. The lone score of the second half came off the foot of Maggie Freed with 37:55 remaining in the game. Except for a three-minute stretch, the Rams possessed the ball, passed and took their share of shots, but the Vikings defense and goalkeeper held strong and did not allow another goal.

“We got out of our game plan and with the subs and rotation but all of my players played well tonight,” said Draughn of his team’s performance. “North Wilkes is a much improved team and I was a little worried going into the game. We are having other players step up and take shots and make good solid choices and decisions on what to do with the ball on the field. We did a much better job at finish the ball and looking for the simplest pass and looking to score and attack.”

The win improves the Rams’ overall record to 7-6 and improves their conference record to 3-4. The Rams will be back in action on Friday as they travel to Alleghany for a conference match.

By Dale Draughn

For The Tribune

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