Boonville got a taste of the soccer edition of the Battle of the Bridge, and if it’s any indication as to how the football game Friday night will go, it should be one to remember.
Starmount defeated Elkin 4-2 Wednesday night behind some solid performances from senior captains Erick Teodoro and Vicente Adame. Starmount moves to 3-0 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference, and seemed ready for its biggest match of the season thus far when the team travels to Ashe County (4-5, 2-1 conf) Thursday night.
“We make a statement for the conference tomorrow,” Head Coach Edgar Zamora told the team at the end of the game. “Win. That’s what I want them to be thinking. It’s a big game, it’s like a championship game because you play a team with a winning record, a school that’s the defending conference champion. It’s about making a statement that we respect them, of course, but we want to beat ‘em.”
“If we do beat Ashe, that’s going to say something about us,” Adame said.
The Rams speed proved to be too much at times for the Elkin defense, but even Elkin showed some signs of life in the second half, nearly tying it after falling down 2-0 at halftime. But, goals from Adame and Andres Ocampo iced it for the Rams. In the first half, Salomon Maya got a pass from Ocampo to put the Rams on the board. Later on in the half, Adame have the ball to Jeyson Pineda who put it up in the upper 90 for a goal.
The team was making quick touches and moving the ball, while Teodoro played the best half that Zamora said he’s ever seen him play. However, despite Starmount scoring two goals in the second half, so did Elkin. Starmount looked like it could have had its first shutout win of the year, but some miscommunication between the keeper and defense led to an easy goal for the Buckin’ Elks.
“When we as a team make mistakes, it’s pretty bad,” Teodoro said. “We tell [our defense] and they get upset but they know it’s for their own good. That’s all we practice basically is passing and communicating with each other.”
“I think overall we played a strong ballgame… but just to correct those couple of errors, and they’re fixable. They realize that they were errors and they didn’t make them consistently so we know exactly what we need to fix,” Zamora said.
Coach said he has a game plan he really likes and they’re going to stick with it when they face Ashe County. At press time, that result was still to be determined.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.