WINSTON-SALEM — The Starmount Lady Rams soccer season came to an end on Tuesday night at the hands of the Lady Villains of Bishop McGuinness. The Lady Villains established themselves early and ran out to a 5-0 lead.
“To be honest, they came with the knock-out punch against us,” said Coach Dale Draughn. “I knew it was going to be tough, but we played one of the worst first halves of soccer we had played in our long run. They beat us to every 50/50 ball and ran through balls and we had a few opportunities but not very many in the first half.”
The Villains were all over the field in the first half as they out-shot the Rams on goal by 13 to 2 margin. The Rams gave up a goal with 17 seconds in the half for the 5-0 lead.
The second half was a different story in a tale of two halves. The Rams buckled down as Draughn challenged them at the half and they responded. Although the Rams picked up their pace, Bishop did not back down as it continued to press with a 5-0 lead. The Rams did not allow the Villains a goal in the second half, as they only had five shots on goal to the Rams’ four shots.
The Rams came to play in the second half, but a 5-0 lead is too hard for any team to recover from at any level.
“I told the girls that they had nothing to hang their heads about. To look at the history we have made this season and to look for the positives,” Draughn said. “We just got beat by a better team and as you advance in the playoffs the teams get better and better each round. After watching the second half I would love to have the first half as a do-over, but we live and learn. For us we have to wait until next year.
“Amber and Diana will be greatly missed next season, but we have a strong core of returning girls and some talented incoming freshmen whom I think will make an impact on our team. I am very proud and extremely proud of how they responded after halftime. That is the team I saw the last part of the season and the worst thing is they know, but that is also why we play the game to have a winner,” said Draughn. “The loss stings, but I saw things we have to improve on for next year if we are to continue to make deep playoff runs a tradition at Starmount High School. We came together as a group and worked hard day in and day out, they improved and played well as a unit. I wish Bishop the best in the rest of the playoffs.”
The loss drops the Lady Rams overall record to 15-7-1, the best in program history, as well as their conference record of 9-4-1 is the best in program history. The girls have a lot of things to be proud of and the future is bright for the SHS Lady Rams soccer program.
Coach Dale Draughn is the head coach of the Starmount soccer team.