Rams sweep Elks, 9-0


By Kristian Russell - krussell@civitasmedia.com



Starmount’s Marlon Mejia (13) redirects the ball as Elkin’s Jack Turner (7) and Korbin Powell (19) come up to defend.


Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

BOONVILLE — The Starmount Rams men’s soccer team has had an outstanding 2016 season, as it has remained unbeaten in conference play. On Monday night, the Rams came up against the Elkin Buckin’ Elks in a game that lasted 58 minutes. Starmount came out firing and ultimately took home a 9-0 victory to extend its unbeaten streak to 10 games.

It took seven minutes for the Rams to earn their first goal, and nine minutes for Starmount to earn its second goal. Elkin’s defense tried to keep up with Starmount’s momentum, but the Rams outplayed the Elks to every ball. Starmount’s passing kept the Elks on their heels most of the game, and in the 14th minute the Rams added another goal to their mark as Salomon Maya beat two Elkin defenders to give Starmount a 3-0 lead.

The quick lead for the Rams made the Elkin defense deflate. Less than four minutes later, Colby Macemore found the back of the net for Starmount. Jonathan Flores took a corner kick for the Rams, and Macemore was ready for the ball to come his way as he leapt into the air over an Elkin defender to head the ball into the net. Macemore’s goal gave Starmount a 4-0 lead with 23 minutes remaining in the first half.

Less than two minutes later, Maya earned his second goal of the night as he blasted the ball from 30-yards out to give the Rams a 5-0 lead. Before the half was over, Starmount scored two more goals to take a 7-0 lead at the half.

Elkin knew it would have to battle in the second half to make its mark on the game, but the Rams had other ideas as it took one minute and 48 seconds in the second half for Starmount to score its eighth goal of the night. As the score was shining in Elkin’s face, it tried to beat the Starmount defense but came up short. Each time the Elks would pass the ball, a Ram would steal the ball to give Starmount a counter-attack.

In the 18th minute of the second half, Starmount scored its ninth goal of the night and the mercy rule came into effect. The Rams had earned a 9-0 win over the Elks to take their record to 10-0 in the MVAC. It was a special night for Starmount’s Jeyson Pineda, as he broke the 100-goal mark for the 2016 season.

Kristian Russell can be reached on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.

Starmount’s Marlon Mejia (13) redirects the ball as Elkin’s Jack Turner (7) and Korbin Powell (19) come up to defend.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_SHS13.jpgStarmount’s Marlon Mejia (13) redirects the ball as Elkin’s Jack Turner (7) and Korbin Powell (19) come up to defend. Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

By Kristian Russell

krussell@civitasmedia.com

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