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Comets play WF tough, fall 2-1
SoVaNow.com / May 06, 2013
The Halifax County High School varsity boys soccer team fell to William Fleming, 2-1, despite some excellent goalkeeping by the Comets and an inspirational effort Friday.
Fleming broke through with a late score. Comet keeper Isak Schaefer, who had been injured earlier in the match, returned and put on a show.
Schaefer made one particularly impressive dive on a save and had several athletic efforts to keep the Comets in contention.
At the end, the teams put aside their rivalry and came together for a poignant moment, praying together in support of local education Kim Bosiger, who is battling cancer. It was a night to show support for Bosiger, with students and fans purchasing t-shirts and showing solidarity for the family in other ways.
The Colonels and Comets came together in a circle of prayer for the Bosiger family after a hard-fought game. A William Fleming player said a prayer, as his mom is a cancer survivor, and both teams showed class to show their support for this cause. Fleming had the idea of having a moment of prayer at the end of the match.
HCHS has had a difficult season, with a rash of injuries and defections. But the players who have battled through adversity gave Fleming a stiff test.
Collin Kashmer scored almost immediately, but the Comets could not follow through.
“We weren’t really cohesive there the second half,” said Comet coach Frank Shealy. “Kicking the ball around a lot, trying to hit each other’s feet, that was the main problem. We had some good runs in the first half. “That first 30 seconds impressed me a lot. Collin made a good play on the ball. It was like the rest of the game, we couldn’t create enough offense to come back on them,” said Shealy.
Shealy said the team has been battling injuries, and the kids are still playing competitive soccer.
HCHS had two corner kicks, with four for Fleming. The visitors had ten shots on goal, while HCHS had three, all in the first half. Shaefer had seven saves and the Fleming had two saves.
HCHS is 1-11 overall, with a rash of close losses. “We can’t get over the hill, and injuries have been the main problem this year,” said Shealy.
HCHS has three games remaining, with GW tomorrow. Senior Night is set for Thursday against Park View at home, and the season ends with Magna Vista on the road Friday.
“It’s frustrating, it’s disappointing, but we’re playing with heart, we’re playing with effort. Even men down and injured, they’re still staying with me and playing hard. I give them credit for that,” said Shealy.
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