BOONVILLE — The Starmount Lady Rams defeated their rivals, the Lady Elks of Elkin, by a score of 1-0 this week. The Lady Rams’ Diana Flores scored the unassisted goal with 14 minutes remaining in the second half to give the Lady Rams the sweep of the season series.
Starmount dominated time of possession while the Lady Elks did get a few shots on goal, the Rams defense and keeper stood strong a preserved the win.
“We had several good scoring chances, but Abbie (Elkin’s GK) made some solid saves and we missed on the end of a few balls across the goal mouth. If we finish those, the game is not as close and as tense as it was. I do not know what the deal was but we were somewhat out of sorts in the first half, we got away from what we have done all season long to get us to this point,” said Head Coach Dale Draughn.
“Elkin bottled us up at times and we just were not able to get into a good solid rhythm for our passing game. But it was just the feeling once the first goal came we would be OK. It came and we established ourselves and took some good shots but the second goal never game. I told the girls that it was an ugly game to watch, but I am glad we come out on the winning side of the scoreboard. Elkin is a much improved team from the first time we met them, and they had some players out and it might have affected how he wanted to play, but we got it done in the end and brought home the victory.”
The win improves the Lady Rams’ overall record to 12-6-1 and their conference record to 8-4-1. The Lady Rams travel to Ashe County on Friday to finish out the regular season with a make-up game moved from Monday to Friday due to weather. With the win Tuesday, the Lady Rams lock up third place in the Mountain Valley 1A/2A conference and are the top 1A team from the conference going into the state playoffs next week.
“I am really proud of my team. We had a stretch their were we lost three games in a row by the scored of 3-2 and we have avenged one of those losses and travel up the mountain on Friday,” said Draughn. “After that stretch I keep telling people that I like were my team is at and I kept hammering things in a practice and the girls have listened and improved through out the season. We are not finished yet.”
Dale Draughn is the head coach for the Starmount women’s soccer team.