Starmount soccer takes win over Elkin

By Dale Draughn - For The Tribune

In the second meeting between the Lady Elks and Lady Rams soccer team, it was a hard fought battle between both teams. Elkin was able to score first, but Starmount was able to come away with a 5-3 conference win.

The Lady Elks of Elkin got on the board first in the second girls’ soccer installment of the Battle of the Bridge, when Catie Beth Brown scored an unassisted goal with 28 minutes remaining in the first half. That goal woke up the Lady Rams who scored two quick goals to take the lead.

The first goal was off the foot of Isabel Najera with the assist by Sierra Casstevens. Kimberly Catalan scored the go-ahead goal for the Lady Rams off the assist of Maggie Freed. Before the first half was over, Elkin was able to score the tying goal. Kathryn Jennings was able to make her way down the field, and found the feet of Lupita Fuentes who put the ball into the back of the net.

With the score tied 2-2, Starmount revved up its momentum and put in another goal just as time was winding down. Elizabeth Solorzano was able to put in the goal as Hailey Gomez came away with the assist. After a hard fought first 40 minutes, Starmount had a 3-2 lead over Elkin.

In the second half, Starmount was able to capitalize early as Casstevens found Alyssa Yanez for the fourth goal of the night. Elkin was not about to let the Rams take all of the momentum, as the Lady Elks were able to put in their third goal of the night. Jennings put in the goal for the Elks to cut Starmount’s lead to just one goal.

As the second half was winding down, Elkin tried to battle for the tying goal but the Rams were able to hang on. Starmount was able to put in a security goal late in the half as Gomez scored the final goal of the night.

“We did a good job in both halves,” said Starmount head coach Dale Draughn. “We did not panic when they scored the go ahead goal. We did a good job of passing and moving the ball around and making our runs.”

Stephanie Brown recorded 13 saves for Starmount, while the Abbie Flores recorded 11 saves for Elkin. The win improves the Lady Rams overall record to 7-2 and their MVAC record to 5-1. The loss gives the Lady Elks a 5-5 overall record and 4-3 MVAC record.

By Dale Draughn

For The Tribune