BOONVILLE — The Starmount Rams took on the undefeated Surry Central Golden Eagles on Monday night under humid conditions. The Eagles came into the game with a 4-0 record, while Starmount was hanging on to a 3-1 record. In a game filled with three red cards and three yellow cards, both sides were fueled up and wanted the win. The Rams played tough in the second half and managed to squeak out a 2-0 win and break the Eagles’ undefeated season.
In the first half, the Rams got things started early as they had their first shot on goal less than one minute into the game. Although the shot was saved by the Eagles keeper, the Rams started putting pressure on the Eagles defense. In the 26th minute, the Eagles finally got their shot on goal but it was just wide. The Eagles took possession of the ball as the Rams were having trouble stringing together passes and winning the ball out of the air.
The Rams had another chance to take the lead, as the Eagles keeper was called for unnecessary roughness in the box which resulted in a penalty kick for the Rams. The call was questioned by the Surry Central coach, and it was explained that the keeper intentionally kicked the Starmount player after trying to go for the ball. No cards were given, but the Rams were awarded a penalty kick. The penalty kick didn’t come to fruition for Starmount, as the player taking the kick was called for encroachment as he started his kick behind the 18-yard box, which is illegal.
The first yellow card of the night came with 18 minutes left in the first half, as a Surry Central player was booked for unsportsmanlike conduct. It was the first yellow of the night, but it wouldn’t be the last card given as right before the halftime whistle another Surry Central player was booked for cussing and was handed a straight red card. Luckily for the Eagles, they got out of the half tied 0-0 with the Rams.
In the second half, the Eagles were playing with 10 men and the Rams took advantage of the open space. In the 50th minute, Rams forward Jeyson Pineda took a great shot on goal, but it was saved by the Eagles keeper. The missed shot lit a fire in the Rams, and in the 52nd minute the first Rams player received a yellow card. With a lot of back-and-forth happening in the second half, Salomon Maya had a chance to put Starmount ahead as he found himself wide open on a Rams corner kick. Maya’s header went just over the crossbar, but it wouldn’t be the last chance the Rams had to take the lead.
In the 64th minute, the Eagles were called for a handball in the box which gave the Rams another chance at a penalty kick. Jonothan Flores stepped up to take the kick, and put the ball away in the right corner to give the Rams a 1-0 lead.
Surry Central tried to battle back, but in the final three minutes, the Rams found the back of the net again as Pineda slotted the ball past the keeper to give Starmount a 2-0 lead. The goal led to a brawl at midfield with both sides pushing, shoving, and a few punches seemed to be thrown. The referee took control of the brawl and handed out a red card to both sides, which put the Eagles down to nine men on the field, and the Rams down to 11.
The final whistle blew after an eventful match and the Rams took a 2-0 win over the Eagles.
Starmount moves to 4-1 this season, with its next game at home against Walkertown on Wednesday.