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Kashmer gets ‘hat trick’ in scrimmage win


Collin Kashmer finished with a soccer version of a hat trick, scoring three goals Tuesday night in a 6-0 win by the Halifax County High School varsity boys soccer team over Dan River, in a scrimmage played in Ringgold.

Evin Morrison, Austin Lowe and Corrie Conner added goals for Halifax County, which outshot Dan River 12-0 and had three corner kicks compared to two for the Wildcats.


Halifax dominated time of possession early and punched through its first goal 22 minutes into the game after Kashmer pounced on a short kick by the Dan River goalie and scored, according to Comets’ Head Coach Frank Shealy.

The Comets’ second goal came four minutes later when Tyler Garner sent a free kick into the box and the ball squirted out to Morrison, who hit it home to make it 2-0, and three minutes later Kashmer dribbled through a number of Dan River defenders and shot one past the keeper to put the Comets up 3-0 with 11 minutes left in the first half.

The second half was a mirror image of the first half, with Lowe intercepting a pass from 40 yards out and lifting it up and over the Wildcat keeper to make it 4-0.

The second half was a mirror image of the first half, according to Shealy.

“We talked about communication and possession at the half and using this scrimmage to learn proper techniques and positioning throughout the field,” Shealy noted.

Lowe intercepted a pass about 40 yards out and lifted it up and over the keeper for a 4-0 lead early in the second half.

“Lowe got back to work for the offense with a beautiful through pass deep down the field to Kashmer for his third goal of the night,” said Shealy.

“Our last goal came from our other forward Corrie Conner as Tyler Garner sent a long pass outside from his defensive position, and Conner finished with a crossing shot for Halifax’s final goal.”

Possession and defense were keys to the win, according to Shealy.

“Dan River had no shots on goal during the game.  Our defense with Sergio Carballo, Miles Claiborne, Nick Zanarini, Hunter Holt, and Morrison did a great job of denying runs and cutting off passing lanes as well as providing key drop zones for the midfielders, showing excellent signs of communication and possession.”

“We tried a little different line up with positioning and it was successful tonight against Dan River,” added Shealy.

“We will continue to play with positions a little through the next few games, but we saw some really good things with Morrison and Keith Crews in the middle of the field, Garner on the wing, and with switching Carballo and Claiborne in the back.”