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Comets’ Good Effort Falls Short

If you could erase a couple of plays, the Halifax County High School varsity boys soccer team could have been on an even keel with William Fleming High School here in Friday’s Western Valley District contest at Tuck Dillard Stadium.

As it was, the Colonels got on top early and stayed on top enroute to a 3-1 win over the Comets.

“We played a defensive ballgame, but we had our chances,” Comets head coach Frank Shealy said after the loss that put the Comets at 3-5-1 on the season.

“That’s kind of our game plan. We settle back and play defense and take advantage of opportunities when we can.”

The Comets were successful at holding the Colonels at bay for much of the first half. William Fleming (4-5-3 overall) scored its first goal of the game at the 8:15 mark of the first half on a ball that was deflected off of a Comets defender.

William Fleming held on the rest of the half to take a 1-0 lead into the halftime break.

“We were lucky to be at 1-0 at the half,” Shealy said.

“We weren’t working as hard as we needed to. Our skill level is maybe not as good as some of the other teams in the district, but we have a lot of athletes and we have to out-work people. That’s the one thing you can do. That’s something we didn’t do in the first half.”

The Comets rallied and got back into the contest with a goal by Robyn Martin at the 33:29 mark of the second half. Martin’s goal came with an assist from both Dru Henderson and T.J Daniel.

William Fleming regained the lead with a goal on a shot that was chipped just over the head of Comets goalkeeper Jordan Keck. That goal, which came at the 27:15 mark of the second half, gave the Colonels a 2-1 lead.

The Colonels added another goal just over seven minutes later on a penalty kick to make what would be the final 3-1 score.

“We had a couple of good chances (to score) in the second half and didn’t quite finish those,” Shealy said.

The penalty kick, Shealy said, was costly.

“You should score on a penalty kick,” he pointed out.

“We just can’t foul in the box. When you foul in the box, that’s what happens.”

William Fleming out-shot the Comets 14-5 in the game. The Colonels also had an 8-1 edge on the Comets in corner kicks.

Keck had 12 saves at goal for the Comets.

The Comets have two games scheduled this week, the first coming on Tuesday when the Comets travel to Martinsville High School for a non-district contest. Halifax County will host Franklin County High School Friday night at 7 p.m. in its next Western Valley District game.