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Comets lose tough decision to FC in boys varsity soccer

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Isak Schafer dives for a ball during Tuesday Halifax County High School varsity boys soccer game against Franklin County. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / April 18, 2013
The Halifax County varsity boys soccer team dropped a tough 3-2 decision to Franklin County Tuesday night at home.

The Comets lost the match in the final 16 seconds.

HCHS is 0-7 overall after winning its first two scrimmages.

FC took the lead in the second half, following a scoreless first half.

Three minutes into the second half, FC got a throw from the side. FC got a header on the play, past Comet goalkeeper Isak Schafer for a 1-0 lead.

Halifax continued to play hard.

The Comets tied the match five minutes later on a workhorse effort by Keith Crews.

“He had a break away. Hit the post. Chased the reflection down and turned and scored to tied it. Six minutes later Collin Kashmer had a break away on a pass from Branon Claiborne and on a dead sprint. Cheated the ball forward and struck it on the hop to drill the net to take the lead,” said HCHS coach Frank Shealy.

The match slipped away from HC, however.

“Collin had another beautiful opportunity on a cross from Jason Dennis but was just not quite able to reach it and sent it off the post.

“It wasn’t until four minutes left that we made a turnover at midfield.

Didn’t recover and help.

“And FC quickly attacked to tie the game. And with 16 seconds left the exact same thing happened. We knew we had that game but didn’t finish it out. I hated losing, but for the players, their intensity was high.

Their effort was there and they deserved it. We learned last night that you earn it,” said Shealy.

“I honestly think we gave out of energy and had become fatigued. Unfortunate, but we must learn that we can play with district opponents and it will take that kind of effort for 80 minutes in order to win,” said Shealy.

That is “something we can do,” the veteran coach said.

HCHS also lost the jayvee boys match, 4-0.

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