KING — The Starmount Rams faced their stiffest competition to date, as they traveled to West Stokes Wednesday night for a nonconference encounter with the Wildcats.
The Lady Rams hung strong in the first half ending it tied 1-1. But West erupted for six unanswered goals in the second half for a 7-1 victory over the Lady Rams handing them their first defeat of the season.
“I think at halftime we woke the ‘beast,’” said Rams Coach Dale Draughn. “West Stokes is solid at every position and when they subbed their level did not drop. It was a good test for us, we got to see where we are and what we need to do to become a better team in the coming days and weeks.
“The bright spot of the first half was when we tied up the game when Maggie Freed sent a cross to Claire Maske who put it away in the right side netting,” he said.
“We had some opportunities and we played well, but I told them at the half to be ready because I think we woke up the beast. We have to learn from this game and improve on our game. We have two days of practice before our next game at home against North Stokes, plus this was our first road game.”
Courtney Byrd, the Rams’ keeper, collected 15 saves after facing 22 shots on goal by the Wildcats.
“We are still young yet and still learning, but we have come along way since last year and we continue to make strides in that aspect,” Draughn said. “We have to stay focused on the big goals. I am proud of how we played. I was not thrilled with the final score. We just lost to a better team last night and we have to strive and work to be come better and hand other teams defeats like we received last night.”
The loss drops the Rams’ overall record to 2-1-0, and they return to action on Friday when they host North Stokes in a nonconference encounter at 5:15 p.m.