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Comets fall to Martinsville in soccer

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Comet Jason Dennis battles a Martinsville player in the varsity boys soccer team’s 3-0 loss to Martinsville last week. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / April 01, 2013
The Halifax County High Schol Comets’ boys soccer team lost 3-0 to Martinsville Wednesday night. The game was deadlocked 0-0 at the half.

Martinsville scored early in the second half and the Comets played flat the rest of the game.

Halifax had a great first half with solid possessions, and took three shots against two for the Bulldogs. HCHS also challenged the ball more effectively in the first half.

In the second half. HCHS made a couple of mistakes that led to the first goal by Martinsville.

A turnover at midfield, and a defensive positioning effort put keeper Isak Schafer in difficulty.

Schafer had no choice to come to cut off the angle, but the Bulldog striker got the shot off for the score only 4 minutes into the second half. HCHS had a visible let down after the score and possession went to Martinsville from that point on, changing the momentum. HCHS had a couple of other defensive breakdowns.

The third Bulldog score came after a Martinsville player slipped through two Comets and scored.

“We had played so well in the first half and we talked about picking it up and keeping the intensity high, clean up a few things and we could have our chance to create the offensive opportunities we had in the first half,” said Comet coach Frank Shealy, who saw Comet inconsistency in the second half.

“We have too much talent to lose games like this. This is the best group of guys I’ve had in a long time. They are good young men and talented soccer players. We see moments of brilliant play but can’t make big mistakes,” said Shealy.



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