Rams blank Cardinals, 9-0

By Kristian Russell - krussell@elkintribune.com
Carlos Velasquez (6) is tripped up by East Wilkes’ Ivan Sierra (22). - Kristian Russell | The Tribune
Colby Macemore takes a throw-in for the Rams on Thursday night. - Kristian Russell | The Tribune

RONDA — The Starmount Rams men’s soccer team was looking to keep its undefeated Mountain Valley Conference record alive last Thursday, as it took on the East Wilkes Cardinals. Starmount has been on a roll lately with vital conference wins. The game was all about the Rams, as they were able to put the mercy rule into effect with a 9-0 win over East Wilkes.

When the first half started, East Wilkes was outhustling Starmount to every ball. The home team had a shot on goal in the seventh minute, as Miguel Mendoza was able to find a breakaway. Mendoza’s shot was saved by Starmount, and the score remained 0-0. As the opening minutes ticked by, Starmount was able to pick up its pressure in the midfield.

Colby Macemore started the play from the left side of the field, as he switched the ball to Aimar Membrila. Membrila was able to take two touches and pass the ball to a wide open Jonathan Flores at the top of the box. Flores one-touched the ball into the left side of the net, and the Rams took a 1-0 lead with 30 minutes left in the half.

The second goal of the night came five minutes later, as Jose Patino beat two East Wilkes defenders and then the keeper to slot the ball into the side net. Starmount was able to maintain its momentum to take a 2-0 lead. Things kept going Starmount’s way in the first half, as the third goal was put into the net by Macemore.

East Wilkes’ defense was unable to effectively communicate, and Macemore found a hole for the third Starmount goal. At halftime, Starmount had a 3-0 lead over the home team.

In the second half, Starmount scored six goals in 30 minutes to put the mercy rule into effect. The half started off with a goal by Leo Najera and ended with a goal by Johnathan Maya.

Najera’s goal was put in after he dribbled the ball through several defenders before finding the net for a 4-0 lead. The fifth goal came off the foot of Patino for his second goal of the night.

The Cardinals tried to battle back, but the home team was unable to cross midfield and put pressure on Starmount’s defense. The Rams scored their sixth goal with a free kick that was fit for a highlight reel. From 40 yards out, Daniel Benitez set up Starmount’s free kick. Just as the referee blew his whistle for the kick to take place, Benitez hit the ball perfectly with his laces. The ball sailed through the air and over the East Wilkes’ keeper’s head for another Starmount goal.

As the game went on, Starmount put in three additional goals. Carlos Velasquez scored the seventh goal, while Maya scored the eighth goal and ninth goals. The Rams were able to take a 9-0 MVAC win over the Cardinals to remain perfect in the conference.

With the win, Starmount moves to 5-0 in the MVAC and 6-6 overall. East Wilkes is now 3-3 in the MVAC and 2-12 overall.

Carlos Velasquez (6) is tripped up by East Wilkes’ Ivan Sierra (22).
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_DSC_0324.jpgCarlos Velasquez (6) is tripped up by East Wilkes’ Ivan Sierra (22). Kristian Russell | The Tribune

Colby Macemore takes a throw-in for the Rams on Thursday night.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_DSC_0294.jpgColby Macemore takes a throw-in for the Rams on Thursday night. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

By Kristian Russell

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