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Comets pull out district soccer win / May 09, 2010
The Halifax County High School varsity boys’ soccer team is not close to the .500 mark, either in district play or overall, but the Comets are showing signs of progress.

They have four wins, more than in some recent seasons, and doused Franklin County Friday night, 4-2, behind a hat trick from Brandon Garner.

HCHS is 1-4 in the district.

Shanon Hargrave opened the scoring for Halifax, getting the score at the 36:05 mark. FCHS answered with a goal at the 26:03 mark. Halifax answered at the 10:40 mark, with Garner getting the first of his three scores. The Comets led 2-1 at the half.

FCHS tied the contest at the 33:08 mark of the second half.

Garner followed with goals at the 22:21 and 15:56 mark.

Coach Frank Shealy said, “We won a district and tied a district last year, so we’re on track to hopefully do that again. We’ve got to win against GW to have a chance to play in the district tournament.

“We’ve got great kids this year. Every team has its ups and downs, but overall, discipline-wise, the kids have been very nice to work with. They’ve been willing to work.

“Coach (Marcus) Hargrave and I push them a little bit, but they work hard for us, and it paid off tonight,” said Shealy.

The Comets had eight shots on goal and six saves from goalkeeper Josh Walls. HCHS had five corner kicks.

Halifax also made a key change in its scheme.

“We switched up from a 5-4-1 to a 4-4-2,” said Shealy. That spread the team out more in the midfield, with Dru Henderson at sweeper and Hargrave up.

Hargrave and Garner were running to midfield.

HCHS goes to GW tomorrow.


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