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Boys soccer shut out by Patrick Henry

SoVaNow.com / May 02, 2013
The Halifax County High School boys varsity soccer team was shut out in Roanoke Tuesday night, 6-0.

The match was scoreless through the first 22 minutes before PH broke the ice, and again with seven minutes left in the half.

Comet coach Frank Shealy saw improvement.

“A much better defensive game than last time. With a beat up team and one sub, we decided to push everybody back and play a defensive game to slow PH down. It worked for the most part,” wrote Shealy.

“We gave up the two goals in the first half but really were in postion to stop those as well. We had to play a defensive role to slow the pace of the game down and conserve energy with so few subs off the bench. “We held in the second half as well for almost 20 more minutes and then PH scored several in just a few minutes span to push it to 5-0 and one late to end it at 6-0,” Shealy wrote.

“We did what we could with what we had last night. We are under-manned right now and need our guys back from injuries to finish the season next week,” Shealy wrote.

“We have had four to quit and three signifcant injuries that have slowed progress this year. We have games the rest of the way we can definitely win, but will need to dig deep to earn them,” he wrote.

Friday’s game against William Fleming will be dedicated to Kim Bosiger and her fight with cancer.

“We want a big crowd out Friday to support us but more importantly, Kim. Wear your pink or purchase a Team Kim” t-shirt,” he wrote.
In earlier action the Comets suffered a tough 6-1 loss at Franklin County Friday. Halifax was physically spent trying to deal with a tough road trip.

“We were tired. Beat up and undermanned. Our hearts weren’t in it. We are really banged up with three starters out defensively and others just beat up,” Shealy wrote.

“We gave up an early goal down the left side of our defense and a cross to an open player created a 1-0 lead for FC. We responded by drawing a penalty kick on a handball in the box.

“Collin Kashmer tied the game at 1-1 with 25 minutes left in the half. We then gave up four more goals in the first half. They pushed the issue on the left side of our defense and we weren’t helping and or marking back allowing a couple other goals.

“FC also had a throw in that wasn’t cleared and bounced off their back into the goal,” he wrote.

“We talked a lot about the struggles we were having at the half but it boils down to did they (HCHS) want to play? They responded in the second half by only allowing one more goal,” Shealy wrote.

Isak Schafer had eight saves in the game and had a good night but was challnged one-on-one a lot. FC had 12 shots in the game. HCHS only generated five shots.

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