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Comets JV boys fall to Bassett

A second-half rally by the Halifax County High School junior varsity boys soccer team came up short Monday night as Bassett High School escaped with a 2-1 win in the season-opener.

The Comets got a game-tying goal from Peter Gasperini off of a penalty kick with 28 minutes left in the second half to deadlock the game at 1-1. However, Bassett came up with the game-winning goal with seven minutes left in the contest when a shot deflected off the crossbar on the goal, bounced off of Comets goalkeeper Isak Schafer, and rolled into the net.

“It was tough seeing that ball roll in, especially after my guys had fought so hard to get back in the game,” said Comets Head Coach Mario Sadler.

“I’m very proud of the character they showed to get back in the game after being down early. The effort was there.”

The Comets got off to a somewhat slow start in the first half, but turned things around in the second half.

“We did not possess the ball well in the first half,” Sadler.

“In the second half, we looked like a different team. We possessed the ball well and could move it down the field whenever we wanted to.”

After Bassett High School scored the opening goal of the game, the Comets came very close to hitting a shot of their own. Joey Gasperini played a cross from the right wing across the face of the goal and teammate Charles Crenshaw missed a game-tying shot by mere inches.

Halifax County High School did manage to tie the game early in the second half. Peter Gasperini got loose on a breakaway down the left side of the field and was tripped in the box by a Bassett High School defender.

That set up a penalty kick for the Comets, and Gasperini nailed the shot to deadlock the game at 1-1.

The Comets kept the pressure on Bassett High School. Joey Gasperini took a shot that deflected off of the Bassett High School goalkeeper. He got the rebound and fired off another shot, only to have the Bassett goalkeeper make a good play on a save.

“After we scored, you could see my guys really turned it up,” Sadler pointed out.

“The (scoring) opportunities kept coming, but we kept coming up short.”

Bassett High School and Halifax County High School both had six shots on goal in the contest. The visitors had the edge in corner kicks, getting four while the Comets had three.