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Comets get first district soccer win in more than a decade

GOOM AIM - Tyler Truitt (15) of the HCHS soccer team gets the leg into a kick against FCHS. (David Conner II photo) / May 14, 2009
The HCHS varsity boys soccer team had reason to celebrate on Monday night, following a 2-1 win over Franklin County.

HCHS won its first district match in more than ten years, according to HCHS coach Frank Shealy.

Stuart Muse emerged as the offensive leader for the Comets, scoring both goals. Muse scored his first with 12 minutes left in the first half to give the Comets a 1-0 lead at the half.

FC came out of the halftime break pushing the issue offensively, but the Comets responded with Muse’ second goal with about eight minutes left in the game.

That gave the Comets a 2-0 lead.

FC countered with a goal of its own when a free kick was not cleared. Comet Keeper Jordan Keck could not get to the ball before it was poked in by a FC forward.

The Comets had the 2-1 lead, but FC continued to push up and had several good scoring opportunities in stoppage time, but Keck and defender JW Webb kept them out of the net.

“The entire (team) played hard last night and I was extremely proud of their composure and effort. Shanon Hargrave, Dru Henderson, Webb, and Dylan Compton really played their hearts out and did a solid job of helping Keck protect the goal,” said Shealy.

“The midfield won the ball in the air and their work winning those opportunities paid off in time of possession. Nathaniel Campbell played in the middle of the field as well and helped to control possession and distribute the ball up to Zack King, Tyler Truitt and Muse.

“Muse scored both of his goals because he was in the right place at the right time. Both scored on balls that weren’t cleared,” according to Shealy.

“Coach (Marcus) Hargrave and myself credit the boys (for) their effort. Their decisions and work on the field paid off today.

“Halifax has had a tough time in our district for a long time. I am not sure when we won our last district game, but I know it’s been at least 10 years,” said Shealy.

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