Tiemeyer, Volpini spark Strasburg
QUICKSBURG – Strasburg wasn’t quite finding the net early on in its game against Stonewall Jackson on Tuesday night. But the Rams didn’t let that discourage them and eventually they started scoring.
The Rams controlled the game throughout and went on to a 5-0 non-district victory over the Generals.
“I just kept thinking one of them is going to go in,” Strasburg junior Kyle Tiemeyer said. “We just got to keep going, just got to keep shooting as much as we can. If we outshoot them then chances are we will outscore them.”
The Rams (2-0) were just missing on a lot of their shots early in the game, including two misses off the crossbar. Stonewall Jackson goalkeeper Blake McCourt also made things tough for the Rams with several nice saves.
Tiemeyer, who finished with two goals and two assists, finally got the Rams on the scoreboard with a goal with around 18 minutes left in the opening half. Makia Sanchez had an assist on the play.
“Everyone was just fumbling around with the ball and it was in front of me and the goal was behind me. So I just put my foot in front of it, back-heeled it and it managed to go in,” Tiemeyer said.
Tiemeyer almost had another goal just seven minutes later, but McCourt made an out-stretched save to knock the ball away.
With about two minutes left in the first half, Josue Medrano scored for the Rams on an assist from Tiemeyer for a 2-0 lead.
“We didn’t do everything perfectly, but we put a lot of pressure on their goal,” Strasburg coach Joel Ross said. “We missed a lot of shots, but that’s what you’d expect. I liked what I saw for the most part.”
It was more of the same for the Rams in the second half as they continued to dominate play.
Tiemeyer extended the lead to 3-0 with another goal with 22 minutes left in the game on a breakaway, assisted by Logan Smalls.
“I had a fast break. It was a left foot shot into the side netting,” Tiemeyer said of the goal. “That one I got a good assist, and I just got to cross it in.”
Strasburg sophomore Vincent Volpini scored the last two goals for the Rams. Tiemeyer assisted Volpini on the first goal and Alex Medrano assisted him on the second goal.
“I guess I was kind of in the right place, right time,” Volpini said of his goals. “They were both through balls, just lucky finishes.”
Ross said that this year he has a lot of different players that can score, which is a big help to the team.
“I’ve been blessed this year with a number of players who are able to score goals,” Ross said. “Which is not something to turn your nose up at. It seems obvious, but it’s surprising how often you have good players who just don’t have that last touch. … Virtually every player on the field can score goals. Even the defensive players are all very good shooters. That’s nice to know that whoever is in a position to take a shot has the ability to put it in.”
The Generals (0-2) have a young team with only three seniors on the team with seven freshmen and three sophomores.
Stonewall Jackson plays host to Page County at 5:30 p.m. today
The Rams are off to their best start since Ross’ first season as a head coach, and he said he’s very happy with what he’s seen from his team.
“I’ve got a number of upperclassmen, juniors and seniors, who have been starting for me since they were freshmen,” Ross said. “So I’m reaping the benefits of the last couple years of having a young team.”
Tiemeyer said the chemistry on the team has helped lead to early success.
“We have a lot of great players, and a lot of players that have been playing with each other since eighth grade,” Tiemeyer said. “… I think we’re doing great. I think we’re going to have a good season.”
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Correction: This story and photos published in Wednesday’s edition should have identified Stonewall Jackson goalkeeper as Blake McCourt instead of Blake Dysart.