ELKIN - The Buckin’ Elks kept shooting and shooting Tuesday night against rival East Wilkes.
When the dust finally settled at Grissom Stadium, Elkin notched a convincing 7-0 victory in its Mountain Valley Conference opener.
Seven different players scored for Elkin - Erick Chimal, Daniel Cortez, Aldair Garcia, Drew Shinkle, Daniel Soos, Jose Rojas and Dante Sanchez - while the Elks fired 35 shots at the goal.
Cortez also tallied three assists on the night, while recording six shots on goal. Soos, a freshman on the squad, scored his first career goal in the win.
The shutout victory was the second-straight triumph for the Elks, who improved to 2-1 on the season.
After being shutout in their opener to Surry Central, Elkin responded and battled past Bishop McGuinness last week 2-1.
Sanchez scored both goals to power the Elks to their first win of the year, while Zach Ryne and Rojas added three and two shots on goal, respectively.
Senior net-minder Jesus Rivera stoned nine shots.
Elkin returns to the pitch Thursday against non-conference powerhouse East Surry.
Down the road in Boonville, Starmount notched its first points of the season Wednesday night, drawing visiting Bishop McGuinness 3-3 to end a three-game losing streak.
The Rams scored the first points of the year just four minutes into the contest when Bryan Jimenez found the back of the net off the assist by Salomon Maya.
Midway through the half, the Villain struck even when Jason Standen scored to knot the game up at 1-1.
But Starmount responded immediately when Jimenez scored his second goal of the night just 51 ticks later, giving the Rams a 2-1 advantage.
Bishop McGuinness answered with back-to-back goals in the back-and-forth game when Andrew Balogh tied the game once again at 2-all. John Boyle followed with a penalty kick to give the Villains a 3-2 lead with time winding down in the first half.
Not to be outdone, Starmount drew even with 1:26 remaining as Collin Benfield fed Jack McCormick for the game-tying score.
Both goalkeepers saw a lot of action in the first half with Evan Stinson stopping eight shots, while the Villain keeper blocking seven shots.
In the second half, neither squad was able to net the game-winning goal, despite 14 total shots in the half (Starmount 9-5), as the game ended in a hard-fought 3-3 draw.
“We played a much better first half of soccer than in our previous three games,” head coach Dale Draughn said. “We still have some things to work on but overall I am pleased with the final outcome of the game. I told the boys not to hang their heads because it was not a win. We will take it and continue to grow as a team.”
Draughn said the team mixed up their formations on the field, which led to the three-goal outburst.
“We made some changes and moved some people around and changed our formation. I told them yesterday that I am going to continue to work with the combinations and formations until I find the one that best works for us and the players we have,” he explained. “We are young, but in my eyes we made a big step tonight in building for future games.
“We played as a team tonight and we had stretches were we went away from our game plan but all in all and overall good performance. We finally found the back of the net and strung together some passes and made our runs.”
The Rams, who improved to 0-3-1 on the year, return to action Saturday, when they travel to Cary to play in the Coaches Kickoff Classic against Wallace-Rose Hill at WakeMed Soccer Park.
“We are looking forward to this opportunity to showcase soccer from the western part of the state. We hope we can represent this area well and come home with a victory on Saturday.”
Surry Central will also be representing the West at the showcase Saturday.
Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or email@example.com.