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HCHS boys soccer senior Collin Kashmer takes a tumble in the HC-GW match Thursday. (David Conner II photo) / May 12, 2014
Halifax County High School varsity boys soccer struggled with a disappointing 3-1 loss to GW-Danville at home Thursday night.

The Comets are 10-2-1.

Comet coach Frank Shealy admitted his team started flat.

“Every (opposing) team is gunning for us. They’re coming in ... they want to beat Halifax. Teams are coming in with a lot of aggression and they want to beat you so bad,” said Shealy.

There was some chippiness between these rivals. Shealy pointed directly to a larger problem.

The Comets had possession problems against the Eagles, setting up too many turnovers. HCHS did not play to its potential. “The biggest opponent we have is ourselves,” said Shealy.

GW also triple-teamed the Comets’ new career scoring leader, Collin Kashmer.

“Everybody’s doing it. We knew the second time through (the district), they were going to man mark him. Tonight, pretty much every time he got the ball, he was fouled, and that’s just to stop him. That’s the only purpose that is. I’m not saying that’s bad soccer. That’s what teams are going to do,” said Shealy.

Shealy said the Comets are seeking to adjust by keeping the forwards on the same side of the field. “We kept getting a little separation between Collin and Keith (Crews). They need to stay on the same side of the field, but our midfielders have got to be there to support them,” said Shealy.

Shealy said the Comets turned the ball over too many times at midfield.

“We were just kicking the ball ... back and forth, and not winning possessions,” said Shealy.

The turnovers gave GW too many opportunities.

GW had a couple of players back. The Comets’ possession problem proved the most challenging issue for this team.

Shealy also had a lengthy post-game discussion to address another issue.

“Tonight, we saw us arguing with each other. Our biggest strength has been our teamwork and our family mentality,” said Shealy.

Shealy said the Comet players need to get their opinion out, talk to each other and get over any current challenges.

GW finished with nine shots on goal, five keeper saves, and eight corner kicks.

“We didn’t finish tonight ... we’re better than we played,” said Shealy.

The Eaqles got their first goal at the 25 minute mark, off a free kick. At the 6:04 mark of the first half, GW scored again on a goal again on a running charge down the left side of the field.

GW added another goal at the 27-minute of the second half.

HCHS scored its lone goal with 15:30 left in regular time on a clear breakaway by Charles Crenshaw. HCHS finished with 13 shots on goal, five keeper saves and two corner kicks.

Halifax has three games remaining, with Tunstall tonight. Magna Vista and Martinsville are on the road Wednesday and Friday.

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