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From left, Maynor Acosta, goalie Chandler Bridgers, Matt Bane and Tristan Yesalavich react to the ball in front of the Comet goal during the first half of Monday’s game against Orange. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / May 18, 2017
For a while Monday, it appeared that the Halifax County High School boys’ soccer season might come to an end.

A better than advertised Orange County team held a 1-0 lead into the second half against third seed Halifax. But the Comets broke out for two second half goals and emerged with a hard-fought 2-1 win.

Halifax was headed to a conference 16 semifinal matchup last night at Albemarle. The Comets have two cracks at making the regionals. If Halifax were to lose last night, the Comets would play in Friday’s third place game. If Halifax won last night, the Comets would advance to the conference title game.

Spencer Hargrave provided the game-winning goal, on a torrid shot, with 24:16 remaining to give Halifax the win over Orange.

Ford Morrison had provided the tying goal earlier. Nick Rosche had the assist on both goals.

Relief goalie Chandler Bridgers had a strong outing, and the Halifax defense helped keep Orange in check.

“Nick (Rosche) made a good throw in. I saw my chance to score off the rebound,” Hargrave said.

Hargrave moved into a spot where he had position for the score, and it worked out for the Comets.

Bridgers had an excellent effort in goal.

“The team needed me ... I’m glad I could do my part for the team,” said Bridgers.

Bridgers had played with the Comet back line most of his prep career, so he was familiar with those players. He had experience in goal both in travel soccer and with the jayvees.

Bridgers wanted to redeem himself with a strong second half after allowing a goal in the first half.

Mission accomplished.

Bridgers had a couple of stops on point-blank shots by Orange in the second half.

Coach Brian Hall said his team came out a little soft early.

“I told our guys (during the halftime break) they were going to have to be harder on the ball. We started winning the ball more and marking it more and were making wise decisions. We had more opportunities than (Orange). We just came together and made it happen.”

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