Lady Rams take golden goal win over Elkin

By Dale Draughn - For The Tribune
Starmount took a 7-6 win over Elkin after 100 minutes of regulation time and penalty kicks. - Kristian Russell | The Tribune

BOONVILLE — In a game that usually lasts 80 minutes, the Starmount Rams and the Lady Elks soccer teams battled through 100 minutes of play and golden goal penalty kicks. It all came down to the wire as both teams were tied 2-2 after regulation and extra time, which sent the game to penalty kicks.

After the first round of penalty kicks, the golden goal came into play and the Starmount Rams were able to convert the kick to take the 7-6 win.

“The rivalry of Elkin vs. Starmount, I compared it to Duke vs. UNC basketball last season, you can throw out the record books and be ready for an intense game,” said Draughn. “Joe has done a good job with his team, and I knew they would be sound defensively and possess the ball. They will be a force to deal with as the season goes along.”

The Lady Rams took some good shots in the first half of the game but found themselves down 0-1 at the half off an unassisted goal by Kathryn Jennings with 8:58 to go in the first half. The game then turned into an attack and counterattack game with both teams pushing for another goal.

The Lady Rams defense held off the Lady Elks’ attack until Sierra Casstevens scored off the assist of Emma Freed to tie up the game at 1-1 with 20:42 remaining in the second half. That would be the end of the scoring for regular time and the Lady Rams scored in the first overtime period with 2:04 remaining when Hailey Gomez scored an unassisted goal to put the Lady Rams up 2-1 heading into the final 10 minutes.

“This is the second consecutive day we have played 100 minutes and then having to go to PK’s and Golden PKs, which is something we have not practiced or I even thought about,” said Starmount head coach Dale Draughn of his team’s performance. “We have managed to stay in both games and be competitive with a reduced line up due to injuries from previous games. I have preached to them we want to be the fresh team in the last five minutes, and we have accepted that challenge.”

With 1:41 left in the second overtime period, Catie Beth Brown put in the tying goal for the Lady Elks off of the assist from Jennings. With the game once again tied after time had ran out, the game headed to penalty kicks. After the first round of penalties, the score was still tied.

Lizbet Zungia scored the winning penalty kick for the Lady Rams as the Lady Elks last two kicks were blocked by step in goalie, Hailey Gomez, to give the Lady Rams a 7-6 victory over their rivals.

“We have proven Ram tough and I am proud of my girls for how we have responded. We changed the formation at halftime and I told them it is up to them and we would really see how Ram tough they are,” said Draughn. “It was a great game of high school soccer, exciting and well played by both teams. I saw some things we need to fix and correct heading forward, but I am proud of how some of the younger players have stepped up and are starting to come into their own.”

The win improves the Lady Rams overall record to 4-0 and their conference record to 2-0. While the loss drops the Lady Elks to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

Starmount took a 7-6 win over Elkin after 100 minutes of regulation time and penalty kicks. took a 7-6 win over Elkin after 100 minutes of regulation time and penalty kicks. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

By Dale Draughn

For The Tribune