BOONVILLE — Starmount Rams fans waited out the thunder and lightning Wednesday night, but once the sky cleared up, it was the offense that was ready to strike.
Starmount continued its strong start Wednesday night with a decisive 6-1 win over North Surry. At the very beginning of the game, it certainly didn’t seem that way. North Surry dominated the ball offensively in the first four minutes of the game, including back-to-back shots that simply couldn’t find the back of the net. Then, lightning rolled in and changed the mentality of the team. As players were called off the field for lightning in the area, Starmount Head Coach Edgar Zamora pulled his players aside.
“I told them, guys, we look really flat out there. I’m always blunt and honest with them,” Zamora said.
Zamora’s team responded in a big way with a four-goal explosion in the last 20 minutes in the first half. Senior Jeyson Pineda continued to have a hot foot, scoring on a great through ball from sophomore Jaime Maya to put the Rams up 1-0.
Offensively, the team kept their aggression off, and it paid off when North Surry’s goalie misplayed a ball. Junior Salomon Maya capitalized on the scoring opportunity in the 27th minute. Less than a minute later, it was Jaime Maya again making an incredible pass to, yet again, Pineda who used his speed to get a clear shot at the net, which ricocheted off the left post.
Their fourth goal came on a Maya-to-Maya connection after Victor Maya gave his cousin Salomon a lob pass from midfield, leaving Salomon one-on-one with the goalie. Salomon was able to lob the ball just over the goalie’s reach for the fourth goal of the half. Overall, it was a nice night for the Maya cousins, who accumulated six points total.
“We all know how to play together,” Salomon Maya said. “We’ve been playing together since we were little kids.”
It was also an emotional night for freshman Colby Macemore. Macemore scored his first career goal in a scramble at the front of the net early in the second half. His brother, Austin Macemore, was a phenomenal soccer player for the Rams, voted Ram of the Year in 2012 before passing away after his second battle with cancer in 2013.
“When Jeyson scored three goals the other night everybody was patting him on the head, and when I scored everyone was patting me on the head. That was pretty cool,” Macemore said.
Despite the big win and strong start, Macemore knows that the competition only gets tougher as the season goes on. Starmount goes on the road to Surry Central Monday night for the third of six non-conference matchups. However, even as a freshman, Macemore seems mentally prepared for the challenge ahead.
“It’s always good to keep your head up and don’t give up,” Macemore said. “My brother used to say, ‘Don’t give up, no matter how hard the challenge is, and just keep on going.’”
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.