Rams move into third place

By Dale Draughn - For The Tribune and Yadkin Ripple

MILLERS CREEK — Starmount soccer earned third place in the Mountain Valley Conference with a 6-1 road win over West Wilkes Friday evening.

The Lady Rams got things going offensively in the opening frame and never looked back. Diana Flores scored an unassisted goal at the 33:51 mark of the opening half for a quick 1-0 Rams lead. Seven minutes later Amber Hurst scored an unassisted goal for a 2-0 lead.

The Lady Rams upped their score when Claire Maske scored off the assist of Diana Flores with 23:31 left in the first half. The scoring would cool off for the Lady Rams, but they added another goal with 8:53 before the half off the foot of Amber Hurst assisted by Alyssa Yanez for a 4-0 lead heading into the half.

The Lady Blackhawks got an early second-half goal from Cassie Burdiss off the assist of Amanda Limom to cut the Lady Rams lead to 4-1, but they would get no closer, as 10 minutes later the Lady Blackhawks were called for a foul in the box and Isabel Najera of Starmount stepped up and calmly placed a shot in the lower left side of the net for a 5-1 lead.

With 4:58 remaining Sierra Casstevens scored the final goal of the night off the assist of Isabel Najera for a 6-1 win. Courtney Byrd recorded two saves on three shots on the night.

“We had an interesting practice on Thursday and it paid off last night,” said Draughn of his team’s performance. “We work on things, and I harp on things and harp on things until they understand what to do. We are improving each day and each game.

“They need to understand you cannot have an easy practice if you want to be competitive and contend for a conference championship, which we are not in the running for due to our four losses and only two games remaining. We can play spoiler and improve our overall record and maintain a high seed in the 1A playoffs. We still have goals to achieve this season and they both can be accomplished next week,” said Draughn.

The Lady Rams travel to Ashe County to take on the league-leading Huskies at 5:15 p.m. and finish the regular season with a home game on Tuesday when they host rival Elkin at 5:15 p.m.

“Both are very important games in the overall picture and especially to us and we have to play like it,” said Draughn.

By Dale Draughn

For The Tribune and Yadkin Ripple

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