KERNERSVILLE — Host Bishop McGuinness scored on a free kick midway through the second half to take a 2-1 lead and the eventual win over Starmount Monday evening.
The Villains went out in front off a set play in the first half before Ulises Lopez — on a penalty kick — evened the score for Starmount. It was Lopez’s third goal of the season.
“I thought they were a pretty good team,” Starmount Coach Edgar Zamora said. “We have a chance to correct our errors. We have to be able to defend a set play.”
All four goals the Rams have given up this season have come as a results of set plays. “We know exactly what we need to work on,” he said.
While the Villains came in 0-2, their record comes with an explanation. Both of their losses have been by two goals to 4A schools, East Forsyth and West Forsyth. Starmount’s showing is a reason for optimism.
“You’ve got be excited with these guys,” Zamora said. “They gave their all until the last whistle.”
Zamora was particularly impressed with defender Erick Teodoro. In the second half, Zamora said, Teodoro had been asking for a sub for about five minutes. Without a dead ball, Teodoro had to continue to play. “He was exhausted,” Zamora said. “He never gave up. He played his heart out. He had a cross on the last ball he touched.”
Starmount, now 1-1, hosted Atkins Wednesday.
Starmount 4, East Surry 2: East Surry let its 1-0 halftime lead slip away in a 4-2 nonconference soccer loss to Starmount on Aug. 21.
Cole Casstevens scored early in the first half off a throw-in from Caleb Lowe to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead that held up until intermission.
Starmount got the equalizer early in the second half, and then scored two more goals in a 10-minute span to go ahead 3-1. The Rams had a 4-1 lead late in the game when Austin Haymore converted a penalty kick for East with five minutes remaining.
In an email Starmount Coach Edgar Zamora wrote:
“We began the season a bit jittery. New people in different positions, playing a new system. It was natural that the boys would come out a bit nervous. The passing was off and the timing was always a second too late. We moved the ball well but did not create width.
“We had a very good talk at halftime. I told them exactly what they needed to work on. We were a completely different team in the second half. One or two minutes in, we scored off of a Salomon Maya assist to Ulises Lopez. A couple minutes later, Maya and Jimenez moved the ball quickly to Lopez, who touched another goal in. A few minutes later, Erick Gonzalez assisted Victor Maya for his first Varsity goal. Finally, Juan Mora capitalized on a deflection from the East Surry defense and tapped the ball in for 4-1.”
Forbush off to 3-0 start: Wins over Ragsdale Aug. 19 and East Wilkes Aug. 21 have sent the Falcons off to a 3-0 start this season.
The Falcons defeated Ragsdale, 3-11 (25-14, 23-25, 28-26, 25-17). Briana Hinshaw had 18 assists; Jessica Funk had 13 kills; Mallory Choplin had six serving aces; and Anna Harris had 15 digs in the match.
The Falcons defeated East Wilkes, 3-1 as well. Funk and Harris each had 11 kills, while Choplin had 35 digs. Funk added 21 assists.
Forbush at East Forsyth tonight at 5.
Starmount drops pair: In Boonville, the Rams opened their season with a tri-match against Reagan and North Surry.
The Rams fell in four sets to Reagan and in three to North Surry.
Starmount is at Surry Central Tuesday.
Starmount off to 2-1 start:”So far we have had three really good matches!” wrote Starmount Coach Ryan Norman in a recent email. The Rams edged Alleghany, 5-4; defeated Forbush, 7-2; and fell to Wilkes Central, 6-3.
Norman said his team played well against Forbush and played well against Wilkes Central even though they lost.
Starmount was at East Wilkes Tuesday. They’ll be at North Wilkes Thursday. Both matches start at 4:30.