BOONVILLE — In one of the strangest and longest games that did not go full regulation time, the Lady Rams of Starmount and Lady Cardinals of East Wilkes played in a heavy downpour on Wednesday night.
Both teams had to settle for a 2-2 tie after the game was delayed in the first half by 30 minutes due to thunder and lightning. The Rams were leading 1-0 before the break, courtesy of a goal by Claire Maske off the assist of Maggie Freed with 26:11 remaining in the first half. Play was stopped with 9:16 to go in the first half. The two teams resumed the field and played in the rain with the Cardinals scoring the game tying goal for a 1-1 score at the end of the half.
“My girls were very upset with the final outcome, but I told them to learn from it and grow from it. It goes down as a tie, it was not what we wanted but the flow of the game was marred by the weather (something that we cannot control),” head coach Dale Draughn said. “Both teams had to play in the weather and that was not a factor in the game’s outcome in reality. We missed some point blank opportunities on goal. We convert those, and that goal at the end does not matter since we would have walk out as winners.”
The Rams would take the lead with 33:17 gone in the second half off a Diana Flores goal for a 2-1 lead. With 31 minutes to play, the thunder came calling again and the game was delayed until 7:42 p.m. with the Rams leading. The two coaches could not agree to end the game so a third party stepped in and said that play would resume at 7:42 and the next sound of thunder or lightning and the game would be called. The Cardinals took advantage of that and scored with 18:37 to go to tie the game and the officials ended the game shortly after the score due to lightning.
“Both teams played a good game, that is the way the ball bounces in soccer. I am not thrilled with the tie but we will take it and move on. The next three games have major playoff implications for all us,” said Draughn. “We have to come out and be focused for every game here on out.”
The Lady Rams record is now 10-6-1 and 6-4-1 in the conference. The Lady Rams travel to West Wilkes on third with third place in the conference standings on the line. “
I still like were we are as a team right now,” Draughn said. “I can not fault my girls they played hard and sometimes you can not win with Mother Nature, it is frustrating to say the least.”
Dale Draughn is the head soccer coach at Starmount.