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Varsity boys drop scrimmage

A one-goal deficit at halftime turned into a 3-1 loss to Heritage for the Halifax County High School varsity boy’s soccer team Monday night at Tuck Dillard Stadium. Heritage finished with 13 shots on goal, eight in the second half, while Halifax finished with seven shots on goal, five coming after halftime.

The Pioneers committed a total of 10 fouls and Halifax committed five fouls, while Heritage and Halifax each had two corner kicks.

Comets’ keeper Walls had nine saves in goal, while the Heritage keeper finished with five saves.

Collin Kashmer scored the only goal for Halifax, coming in the second half off a cross from Corrie Conner to make the score 3-1.

The Comets had several more scoring opportunities to score without notching another goal, according to Head Coach Frank Shealy.

Heritage’s first goal at the 23:11 mark of the first half came off a hard shot to the upper left hand corner of the Comets’ goal, one that Halifax keeper Josh Walls deflected.

The ball ricocheted off the cross bar and off Walls’ back and into the goal, Shealy said.

“We didn’t create much offense in the first half because of turnovers.  One of our assets this year is ball control, and we didn’t show it in the first half with continued turnovers.”

Heritage scored twice more in the second half before Halifax responded, both after the Comets gave the ball up at midfield and failed to stop the Pioneers’ surge toward the goal, Shealy explained.

“Their second goal was another great shot over Walls’ head, but the defense allowed the Heritage forward to get in behind them and get a clear shot,” said Shealy.

The third goal was on a penalty kick after Heritage was fouled in the box, added Shealy, who used the scrimmage to observe his players in different positions and find the right combination of players to suit his rotations.

“We have a number of choices, and we found out last night some important strengths and weaknesses that need to be addressed at practice,” he noted.

“With another scrimmage today (Tuesday), we will continue to work on possession and reducing turnovers.

“We must pass with a purpose and move off the ball with a purpose as well.”