South Stokes soccer team faced sweltering weather this week and suffered three losses in three days. The Sauras dropped an away match at North Surry (1-0) and two more at home against Atkins (6-0) and Starmount (8-1).
“Looking back, it wasn’t a good idea to play that many games three days in a row,” said Saura coach Danny Bowman. “We had a calamity of errors tonight against Starmount and we failed to communicate with each other. We were backing away instead of stepping to the ball. Give them credit, they came ready to play and we didn’t.”
After losing to North Surry in the last seven minutes and watching Atkins shut the Sauras out on their home turf, South looked to rebound against a winless Starmount club that had only scored two goals this season. Tyler Patterson tried putting the home team on the scoreboard first with a shot five minutes into the game, but the Rams spread the field and on the offensive end. Starmount recorded 17 shots in the first two quarters and tallied five goals before the half.
“We stood and watched in the first half,” Bowman said. “We’ve got to be aware of what is going on around us. We need to attack the middle of the field and talk on the back line.”
The Rams scored their sixth goal of the contest on a throw in from the left side with 31:56 showing on the clock. Four minutes later they added another score and their final tally of the day was off of a corner kick. Utah Mendenhall broke the scoring drought for South on an assist from captain Ivan Caro with 3:37 left.
Starmount finished with 30 shots on goal to the Sauras six. Goalie Patrick O’Leary recorded 16 saves for South and Jonathan Flores added three goals for the Rams to lead his team.
South Stokes falls to 1-7-1 and will host North Carolina Leadership Academy on Monday at 6 p.m. in Walnut Cove. Starmount improves to 1-5.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.