Starmount soccer falls in fourth round


By Kristian Russell - krussell@elkintribune.com



Kaleb Dickerson (4) defends the ball for the Rams on Saturday


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Jonathan Flores (12) scored the lone Starmount goal by scoring a penalty kick.


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KERNERSVILLE — The Starmount Rams saw their 2017 playoff run come to a close on Saturday night with a 2-1 loss to Bishop McGuinness. Starmount put up a hard fight, but the Villains were able to knock in a late goal for the win.

Starmount went into Saturday’s game as the underdog, but the Rams didn’t let that deter them from making the game one to remember. Bishop controlled most of the momentum from the start with constant pressure on Starmount’s back line. The Rams defense came up big when it mattered most by clearing balls off of the back line, and creating the right amount of pressure for a turnover.

For the first 46 minutes, both teams were locked in a 0-0 battle. It wasn’t until the second half that the deadlock was broken by the Villains. With 34 minutes left in the second half, Bishop stopped the scoring drought to take a 1-0 lead over the Rams. Starmount didn’t let the goal deter it from putting pressure on the ball and fighting for the tying goal.

Four minutes after Bishop’s goal, Starmount earned a penalty kick after being pulled down from behind in the box. Jonathan Flores lined up his shot, faked out the Bishop goalie, and leveled the game 1-1.

It was the tying goal that sent the game into overdrive as both teams started to fight for another goal. As temperatures were dropping off the field, things started to get heated on the field.

With 15 minutes left in the game, Bishop found the go-ahead goal to take a 2-1 lead. The Rams put everything they had into the final 15 minutes, but things didn’t fall their way. As the final whistle blew, Bishop took a 2-1 win to move on to Regionals.

Starmount ended its season with an undefeated MVAC record of 19-0, which gave it the conference championship. After the fourth-round loss, the Rams ended their 2017 season with an overall record of 20-2-2.

Kaleb Dickerson (4) defends the ball for the Rams on Saturday
http://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_DSC_0307-copy.jpgKaleb Dickerson (4) defends the ball for the Rams on Saturday Kristian Russell | The Tribune

Jonathan Flores (12) scored the lone Starmount goal by scoring a penalty kick.
http://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_DSC_0326-copy.jpgJonathan Flores (12) scored the lone Starmount goal by scoring a penalty kick. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

By Kristian Russell

krussell@elkintribune.com

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