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Comets take scrimmage over Heritage / March 07, 2013
The Halifax County High School boys soccer team won its scrimmage Monday at Heritage 2-1.

“It was a really good chance to see several line-ups and how the guys would play in live action. Their conditioning looked good, ball movement was crisp throughout the game with possession time about equal, and moved the ball back to the defense like we have worked on in practice,” said coach Frank Shealy.

“Of course we learned several things that we can work on, but overall the coaches were very pleased with the effort and play of the guys. We need to move a little better off the ball in support of our teammates and finish better around the net and we will work on those things at practice,” Shealy said.

HCHS had four shots the first half, seven in the second. The Comets had three corner kicks in the first half and four in the second. HCHS had five saves, four coming in the first half.

Heritage scored first 23 minutes into the game and Comet keeper Isak Schafer was tested early with four saves in the first half. Most came in the first 26 minutes, with HCHS adjusting to the action.

“We allowed the goal honestly from a mistake of not clearing the ball early enough,” said Shealy.

The Comets had the ball stolen. Then, the shot came inside the 18-yard line, and the ball bounced off the far post, right into a defender’s oncoming foot for the goal.

“We countered five minutes later on a run from Kyle Lacks down the left side were he sent a shot at a difficult angle at the goalie. The goalie tipped the ball out and Keith Crews was there to put it in and tie the game 1-1.

“Coach (Marcus) Hargrave talked at half about starting strong in the second half and don’t let up and Crews and Lacks got another goal for us within seconds of starting the second half. Crews stole a ball, passed it up to Lacks in the box and Lacks finished to put the Comets up 2-1 with an entire second to play. Our second half performance was really good through the next 30 minutes or so. We had a number of shots on goal and if we had finished better, we could have easily scored two maybe three more really open opportunities.

“Overall, I was pleased with Schafer at Keeper, as a freshman he has shown desire and skill beyond his age. His work at practice has been outstanding.

“Lacks and Crews played well as forwards as expected but I was impressed with how they worked together and were unselfish in their play.

Erik Gomez and Edgar Rodriquez did a really well in the middle of the field and their possession was solid.

“Sergio Carballo, Nick Zanarini, Brandon Claiborne, and Evin Morrison did a solid job in defense and I am looking for them to possess the ball and start the offense from the back,” Shealy said.

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