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Varsity boys soccer team falls in overtime

Despite twice holding a one-goal lead, the Halifax County High School varsity boys soccer team ended up on the wrong end of a 4-3 score at home Wednesday against Park View. The Comets led 3-2 with time winding down, only to see Park View tie the score.  The Dragons added a goal in overtime to win the match.

Park View simply had too many chances to score at the end of regulation and into overtime, and they finally cashed in, according to Comets Head Coach Frank Shealy.

“I was pleased with the team fighting during this game to come back, take the lead and respond each time Park View scored, but we just seemed to let it go at the end, allowing Park View too many chances,” he said.

Park View took a 1-0 lead barely two minutes into the game after a crossing pass found its mark, but Halifax County struck back with 28 minutes remaining in the half with a header from Evin Morrison off a corner kick from Keith Crews.

Halifax County scored again with 16 minutes left in the half when Collin Kashmer made a run onto a ball and squeezed it by the goalie to make it 2-1 at halftime.

At that point, the Comets had the advantage in shots on goal (3-1), while corner kicks (2-2) and free kicks (3-3) were even.

Park View tied the game about midway of the second half on a header off a corner, according to Shealy, but the Comets went ahead several minutes later when Kashmer scored again as he charged the goalie and the ball bounced off the goalie into Kashmer.

The ball rolled toward the goal and Kashmer finished it, Shealy said.

Park View tied it up with three minutes left on the clock and took the lead 4-3 in overtime, and the Comets couldn’t get a good shot to tie it back up, Shealy added.

“We talked about a number of things at halftime, from possession to throw holds,” he said.

“We still need much improvement on our possession and passing.   We had 14 offsides going into a game where we knew they pulled offsides traps, which are created by straight runs and late passing.

“But, again in this game we are looking at too many turnovers and unforced turnovers at that, so ball control is the key.”