Tiemeyer’s goal lifts Rams

Madison County's Alejandro Tenorio, left, and Strasburg's Noe Medrano chase down the ball during the first half of their soccer match Friday night in Strasburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

STRASBURG – Entering Friday night’s game with Madison County, Strasburg’s boys soccer team had lost three one-goal games in the last two weeks. The Rams turned things around against the Mountaineers.

Strasburg junior Kyle Tiemeyer scored midway through the second half to give the Rams a 2-1 victory over Madison County in Bull Run District boys soccer action.

“It’s huge because we’re coming off a really close few games where we had a losing streak going,” Strasburg’s Jacob Knapp said. “This is definitely going to give us a lot of momentum going into next week.”

Knapp got the scoring started early in the game, putting a header past Madison County goalie Eric Cashman just three minutes into the contest. Strasburg’s Vinny Volpini had the assist.

“It’s always nice to have a header. It’s one of the cooler goals,” Knapp said. “Usually we come out of the gates a lot more aggressive than other teams do, and usually we’ll catch them stumbling back and that’s what we did. I had great service from Vinny. He sent it at just the right angle and then just good execution.”

Strasburg's Jacob Knapp goes airborne over Madison County's goal keeper Eric Cashman during a goal attempt in the first half of soccer action Friday night in Strasburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

The Mountaineer (0-6) tied the game at 1-1 just eight minutes later on a free kick by Alejandro Tenorio.

The Rams (3-5) controlled things for most of the rest of the first half, but couldn’t score.

The two teams went back-and-forth for most of the second half, with neither team being able to take advantage of their opportunities.

Tiemeyer just missed off the crossbar about midway through the second half.

“I thought it was going in, but it hit the left post,” Tiemeyer said. “I hit that post last game too. I don’t know why it’s like I’m cursed or something.”

Strasburg's Noe Medrano, right, heads the ball as Madison County's Alejandro Tenorio goes up to defend during the first half of Friday night's soccer match in Strasburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

Less than a minute later, Tiemeyer got another shot attempt, and scored but it didn’t go quite as he planned.

“We were all fumbling around for it at the top of the box, and I shot it first and I whiffed right by it with my right foot. So I tried it again with my left foot and that one worked out,” Tiemeyer said with a laugh. “I usually take my time, but on that one there was so many people I just had to get a shot off as soon as possible.”

The Rams were able to make the score stand up. Both teams had some good opportunities in the final 20 minutes but couldn’t convert them.

Strasburg coach Joel Ross said he was very pleased with his defense.

“My wing defenders – I haven’t started them on defense all season,” Ross said. “Makia (Sanchez), at left defense, I moved him back from midfield for this game and he did very well. Nick Reyes, we’ve been missing him for several games, but I started him at right defense. That definitely solidified our wings. Then our central defenders had a very good game. Logan (Smalls) and Justin Carr were very consistent today.”

Madison County's Lucas Herrman, left, tries to catch up to Strasburg's Mason Carter as he dribbles the sideline during first half action Friday night in Strasburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

The Rams have seven seniors on this year’s team to go with a strong nucleus of young players, including three sophomores and a freshman. The players said they have high hopes of what they can accomplish this season.

“This year I think we have a lot of potential,” Knapp said. “Last year I think we had a solid team, but this year we have a lot of players that have been playing since ninth grade on varsity, and they have a lot of experience and were putting it to use. We have a lot of chemistry. We’re working together well – we’re meshing.

“… I think the second half of the season is definitely going to pick up. We’re going to end on a good note.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com

Straburg's Nectali Reyes, right, collides with Madison's Matthew Dixon during Friday's game. Rich Cooley/Daily

Madison County's Jesse Lynch, left, and Strasburg's Jacob Knapp chase down a ball Friday night in Strasburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

Madison County's Jesse Lynch, left, and Strasburg's Noe Medrando collide as the pair chase down the ball during first half soccer action Friday night in Strasburg. Rich Cooley/Daily