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Varsity Boys ‘Lose’ Opening Scrimmage

The Comets varsity boys’ soccer team came out on the short end of the score in a scrimmage against Heritage Monday at Tuck Dillard Stadium, with coach Frank Shealy terming the game a learning experience for his squad. “The coaches learned a lot from this game,” said Shealy.

“We have a lot of new players, so this was really a learning experience for both them and the coaches.

“We had a really good idea of what we wanted as a starting lineup, but seeing it play out in a live-game format helped us solidify a few things.”

Dru Henderson started in goal in place of an injured Jordan Keck and did a good job in holding Heritage to one goal in the first half, finishing with seven saves in eight shots, according to Shealy.

“Our defense also was solid in the first half with Dylan Compton and Shanon Hargrave playing center defense and stopping several chances for Heritage, but we just didn’t get anything offensively with only three shots in the first half,” he explained.

The Comets picked up their play in the second half, following a positional change, Shealy continued.

“We wanted to see Dru and Brandon Garner in the middle of the field, so Lamar Holmes elected to play goal for awhile.

“Garner had four shots on goal in the second half, Henderson had one, and Kenny Brandon added another shot on goal,” said Shealy.

Altogether, the Comets finished with seven shots on goal after halftime and scored one goal, that one from Garner.

Heritage scored five goals in the second half, according to Shealy, who pointed to defensive letdowns as the reason for the goals.

“Compton came in and did a good job as well at keeper in the second half, but Heritage kept getting some open looks to score.”

Overall, the players and coaches learned a lot from the scrimmage, Shealy concluded.