WEST JEFFERSON - The Buckin’ Elks and Rams both struggled in Mountain Valley Conference contests up the mountain in West Jefferson.
Ashe County 2, Elkin 0
Lightning strikes ended Thursday’s league match-up between the Elks and Huskies in West Jefferson.
Before inclement weather forced officials to call the game off about 10 minutes early, Ashe County was able to strike for two goals to record the victory.
Elkin keeper Jesus Rivera and the Elks kept the Huskies off the board until the 28th minute when Gavin Woodie found the back of the net for a 1-0 advantage.
Kendall Wagner tacked on a second goal just six minutes later to extend the lead.
Elkin was unable to break through the Huskies’ back line, only managing a few shots on goal before two lightning strikes ended the game.
The Elks fell to 3-4 overall and 2-1 in league play.
Ashe County 1, Starmount 0
The Rams and Huskies battled through a deadlock for 75 minutes of competitive soccer Monday in West Jefferson.
But the last five minutes of the game proved to be the difference.
Ashe’s Frank Lezman fired a shot past Hunter Johnson in goal with 5:03 remaining in what would prove to be the game-winner.
“I told the boys that we let one get away from us tonight,” Starmount head coach Dale Draughn said. “We came in prepared and played well.
“But it is like a broken record - we can not find anybody who wants to put the ball in the back of the net. We had some good opportunities but we can not buy a goal. We must do a better job of finishing our opportunities in close and tight games.”
Starmount ripped off 11 shots at goal - including three by Nathan Walker - but came up empty, dropping their first Mountain Valley Conference game of the season.
“We have been in every game, with the exception of two, but we have battled until the end,” Draughn continued. “We are still trying to find the right combination. I made some changes at halftime but we lost our shape and got away from our overall game plan late in the second half.”
Starmount falls to 1-5-2 on the year, including a 1-1-1 mark in conference play.
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