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Comet soccer improves to 7-0

SoVaNow.com / April 24, 2014
The Comet varsity boys’ soccer team improved to 7-0 this season with a 4-1 non-district win over Park View Monday.

Three goals from Collin Kashmer and one from Ford Morrison proved to be the difference over the Dragons.

The Comets got on the scoreboard early with a corner kick from Keith Crews. Morrison placed a head on move in front of the goal and followed with a beautiful header to the side of the net just five minutes into the game.

Midway through the half, Joey Gasperini set a ball up the side that Kashmer dribbled around the PV defense for the Comets’ second score.

Shots in the first half were close, 5-7, in PV’s favor.

But HCHS had three corners compared to their one in the first half.

Halifax made strategic moves.

“We talked about marking in the middle and staying with our man and not allowing open looks at the half.

“The second half I thought was more intense from both sides as PV was trying to catch up, (after) being behind 2-0 at the half.  Kashmer was able to sneak a shot past the PV keeper three minutes into the half after receiving a long pass from Kyle Lacks,” coach Frank Shealy said.

The Comets led 3-0 with 37 minutes left.

“PV finally scored with 22 minutes left in the game. They seemed awakened and put on a fierce attack over the next 10-15 minutes where they had 10 shots in the second half.  Halifax keeper Isak Schafer had 11 saves in the game and the PV keeper had 7,” said Shealy.

The Comets added another score at the 40 minutes on a pass from Crews to Kashmer to extend the lead to 4-1.

“I felt like we were a little off pace after the week off but was glad to see the players pick up a win to go 7-0 this season.  I couldn’t be more proud of these young men as they have impressed me every game.  We are still working to get better and I think we have room for improvement but what they have accomplished so far this season has surpassed my expectations,” said Shealy.

“The next two weeks are crucial to our season, mostly because we have six games in two weeks.  We will rest when we can and play hard.  I’ve got a great bench with a number of them seeing substantial time on the field and others who are ready to go when I need them.  This group of players have been the most supportive of each other that I have ever had,” said Shealy.

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