BOONVILLE — The Starmount Lady Rams opened up their 2016 1A state playoffs with a solid 6-0 defeat of the Lady Bulldogs of Albemarle Wednesday in Boonville.
The Lady Rams only found themselves up 2-0 at the half after peppering the Albemarle goal. The Lady Bulldogs goalkeeper recorded 16 saves in the first half alone. The Rams had 19 shots, and luckily for them two of the shots went in.
The Rams got their first goal of the night off the foot of Diana Flores, who was assisted by Sierra Casstevens with 22:29 remaining in the first half. Less than a minute later Diana Flores scored an unassisted goal for a 2-0 lead with 21:19 remaining.
“We were all over the goal, but their keeper made some great point blank saves,” said Head Coach Dale Draughn. “We missed getting the rebound on several shots, but we played a solid first half. The Bulldogs didn’t have a single a shot on goal.”
The Lady Rams picked back up where they left off at the end of the first half striking early in the second half when Claire Maske scored off the assist of Maggie Freed with 35:03 to go in the game. The Lady Rams then increased their lead to 4-0 off a goal from Isabel Najera off the assist of Emily Mendenhall with 26:33 left. Starmount would hit a goal-scoring dry spell but the shots on goal didn’t stop. The Bulldogs keeper once again came up with several saves to keep the Rams at four goals.
Flores broke the drought for the Rams and recorded her hat trick off an unassisted goal with 6:19 remaining. The Rams final goal came from Isabel Najera off the assist of Dalia Maya for the final 6-0 margin of victory. The Lady Bulldogs only recorded two shots on goal (both in the second half), but Rams keeper Courtney Byrd scooped them both up. The Lady Rams out-shot the Lady Bulldogs by a count of 33 to 2 on goal.
“I am proud of my team and how we played. We had a nice little talk at the half about our playing level and what we needed to do in the second half,” said Draughn. “This group of young ladies listen and put in to action on the field what we do and say at the half or in practice.”
With the win the Lady Rams move on to the second round where they will host their conference rival the Lady Elks of Elkin on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Boonville.
Dale Draughn is the head women’s soccer coach at Starmount.