BOONVILLE — It’s possible to be unhappy with a loss in a soccer match, yet still be happy with a team’s performance.
Starmount (7-4, 3-2 MVAC) was proof of that Wednesday night in a 2-0 loss to Wilkes Central. The Wilkes Central Eagles (6-1, 4-0 MVAC) are well established as a top-conference team, and their offensive aggression paid off midway through the first and second half. The Eagles got their first goal after some confusion gave them the ball inside the penalty area. After a goal off a penalty kick in the second half, Starmount’s offensive opportunities skyrocketed, but they came inches away from a goal a few times and couldn’t get it in.
“Overall, I think it’s an even game,” Starmount Head Coach Edgar Zamora said. “It comes to a PK and comes down to a loose ball in the box, what can you do? We have guys who are hungry to score, and if I’m not mistaken, this is the first time that we don’t score.”
Zamora’s not mistaken. They have to go back to November of last year to find their last shutout loss, in the 1A tournament against Union Academy. Zamora’s not discouraged either, and said this team looks much better than last year’s team at this time of the season.
“I’m positive because I see how they’re growing, how hard they’re practicing, and that they’re becoming mentally stronger. Overall, we’ve got to keep our guy’s heads up. Wilkes Central is an outstanding team, and it’s not that we want to be mediocre. I always tell them, ‘In victory don’t think that you’re that good, and defeat think that you’re that bad.’ I see this in a positive way, I see us bouncing back.”
Starmount has games on three consecutive days next week all on the road, starting with East Wilkes (3-6, 3-2), then Alleghany (0-6, 0-4), then North Wilkes (1-9, 1-3). After playing arguably the toughest two teams back-to-back, Zamora encouraged the team post game saying they need going to beat all three teams next week, and that they were going to do it.
“Keep your eye out for us, we’re still in the ball game,” Zamora said.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.