Lady Rams shutout Cards 5-0

By Dale Draughn - For The Tribune

BOONVILLE — The Starmount Lady Rams soccer team continued its strong start of the season with a 5-0 victory over visiting East Surry.

The Rams got on the board first and never looked back as Diana Flores scored off the assist of Maggie Freed with 26:47 remaining in the first half. The Rams would increase their lead less than a minute later when Claire Maske found the back of the net off an Amber Hurst pass for a 2-0 Rams lead.

Things would cool off in the scoring department, but the Rams played solid defense and counter attacked the rest of the first half until Freed increased the Rams lead to 3-0 when she scored with 2:02 left in the first half off the assist of Sierra Casstevens.

It did not take the Rams too long to break into the scoring column in the second half while Maske scored her second goal of the game off the assist of Freed. The Rams’ final goal of the night came off the foot of Flores when she dribbled through the Cardinals’ defense and scored an unassisted goal for the final margin of victory.

“We are getting better each day,” said Coach Dale Draughn of his team’s performance. “We are passing the ball really well, making our runs and keeping our shape.”

The Rams outshot the Cardinals on goal by a count of 22 to 5. Courtney Byrd and the SHS defense recorded their first shut out of the season Friday. Byrd recorded five saves in goal for the Rams while the Cardinals’ goalkeeper kept them in the game recording 16 saves.

The win improves the Rams’ overall record to 2-0 while the Cardinals of East Surry drop to 0-2 on the young season.

“We are training hard in practice and I put them hard in practice. I tell them training should be the hardest part of their week and game days should be the funniest,” said Draughn.

The Rams return to action on Tuesday when they travel to West Stokes for a 5:30 p.m. nonconference clash with the Wildcats.

By Dale Draughn

For The Tribune

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