BOONVILLE — Normally, when a soccer team scores eight goals in one half, and 10 in a game, the coach, and its players celebrate after a hard fought win. Starmount got the win, but Head Coach Edgar Zamora nor the players were happy after Monday night’s game.
Starmount’s Salomon Maya and Jeyson Pineda both posted hat tricks in a 10-4 win in their first conference game of the season against North Wilkes. The Rams (5-2) fired four goals in under 10 minutes, all part of an eight-goal second half. However, after leading 2-0 at halftime, Zamora still wasn’t happy with the result.
“They scored four on us,” Zamora said. “Against Forbush, we lost our focus for three minutes, and what happened? Three goals against us. Right here [today] we’re happy that we’re scoring. What happened, one of the North Wilkes guys gets a hat trick. We’re losing focus and being complacent because our offense is making things work.”
It isn’t that Zamora is being pessimistic either. The Rams have started strong this season, but even in their routs against opponents they have lost mental focus and have allowed at least one goal in each match. When they start playing teams like Ashe County and Wilkes Central, two teams that tend to be near the top every year, Zamora wants them to have the right mindset.
“Everybody needs to be more competitive. They need a point of view that’s not, ‘Hey, good job.’ They need constructive criticism. They need to hear from their coaches that you’re not living up to your potential,” Zamora said.
At half time, Zamora was not pleased with what he saw either, telling the team, “I know it’s one game at a time but play good now to play good in the future.” Offensively, the team responded well, with captain Vicente Adame getting past a defender and slicing it past the goalie. A few minutes later, Salomon Maya got a chance for his second goal of the night after a great cross from Juan Mora. Salomon and Pineda both had two goals midway through the second half, so when Maya got a chance for a one-on-one with the goalie, he patiently waited for the goalie to try to defend him before making a pass to Pineda for an easy goal.
Maya recorded three goals and two assists in the win, Pineda scored three, while Victor Maya, Vicente Adame, Daniel Benitez and Zack Sizemon all recorded a goal as well. However, Salomon Maya knows some of the things they have to work on if they’re to continue their winning ways.
“We need to talk more on defense and work on our second touches. [Ashe County and Wilkes Central] are really good teams, they can move the ball good. They will take any chance they have,” Maya said.
Starmount travels to West Wilkes (0-7) Wednesday night before hosting Ashe County (3-4) next Monday.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.