BOONVILLE — The Starmount Lady Rams lost another Mountain Valley 1A/2A game this week by a score of 3-2.
“I like how we are playing to the very end of the game and we have been in each of these last three conference games,” Coach Dale Draughn said. “We must take advantage of our shots on goal and stick to what we do best, like we did at the first part of the season.”
Ashe County got things started early as it scored its first goal only seven minutes into the game. The Rams tied the game when Diana Flores scored off the assist of Sierra Casstevens with 18 minutes to go in the first half. The Rams gave up a goal two minutes later after they failed to clear the ball effectively which gave the Huskies a 2-1 lead heading into the half.
“We started the game out of sorts due to missing Claire Maske, but we did a good job of recovering and started playing.” Draughn said.
The Huskies and the Rams played a tough second half with both teams going at each other, which eventually lead to a Huskies player being taken down in the box awarding them with a penalty kick. The Huskies converted the PK for a 3-1 lead. The Rams scored a PK of their own when Amber Hurst scored with 16:44 to go in the game to cut into the Huskies lead at 3-2 when a Ashe player was called for handling the ball in the box. The last 16 minutes was intense as the Rams tried the score the game tying goal and had several good opportunities to do so but the Ashe defense and keeper came up big. A flurry of yellow cards within the last two minutes of the game on Ashe changed the complexity of the game.
“We must get more physical and play tough soccer,” said Draughn. “We take advantage of our opportunities the out come of the game is a different story. I like were we are right now as a team.”
The Rams loss drops their over-all record to 5-6 and their conference record to 1-4.
“We have played the top teams solid and are finished with Wilkes Central,” Draughn said. “I think if we stay healthy we can make some noise the second half of the conference season.”
The Rams play Tuesday at Elkin, Wednesday at North Wilkes and finish the week with a home game against Alleghany.