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Varsity boys soccer team ties Park View

After a number of close losses to open the season, the Halifax County High School varsity boy’s soccer team almost had its first win of the year Wednesday at Park View, but the Comets eventually had to settle for a 1-1 tie. Halifax County (0-5-1) got a second-half goal from Keith Crews, and Comets’ keeper Jason Dennis turned away eight Park View shots during the contest.

Park View scored on a penalty kick in the second half to tie the game, and neither team could break through in overtime.

Halifax County was on its heels the first half but was more aggressive the second half, getting its goal on a dash down the sideline by Crews, according to Head Coach Frank Shealy.

“We did not play a good first half,” said Shealy.  “We were playing only on our end of the field and just sitting back and defending as Park View took their shots on us.

“We had trouble possessing the ball and continued to just kick it back to them.  We created only one shot in the first half.

“Jason Dennis did an outstanding job in the goal for us all night with eight saves, and the Park View goalie had nine saves with most of those coming in the second half and overtime.”

Halifax picked up the pace in the second half, gained momentum and had the better of the scoring opportunities, Shealy noted.

“We were getting more chances up front and getting the ball to our forwards Collin Kashmer and Kyle Lacks.   Kyle came up from the jayvees and really gave us a spark we needed.   His speed and aggressiveness really put pressure on the Park View defenders,” Shealy explained.

“He created four or five really good opportunities to score in the second half and overtime, and Kashmer also had a couple of chances as well.”

Crews’ goal came after he dribbled past one defender down the sideline and cut back before chipping a shot over the Park View keeper’s head with 28 minutes remaining in the game.

The Comets had other opportunities to score after halftime, but couldn’t connect, and Park View tied the game on a penalty kick after a solid run down the sideline, with a Park View player beating a defender to the end line, according to Shealy.

“Sergio Carballo made a sliding tackle to get the ball away but was called for the foul in the box, and Park View capitalized on the penalty kick and tied the game,” said Shealy.

Unlike the overtime loss to the Dragons the last time the teams played, Halifax played better than Park View late in the game and overtime and created numerous scoring opportunities, Shealy added.

“Halifax played a much better second half, and I was pleased with the effort,” noted Shealy.

“We still need work on possession, but Coach Hargrave and I saw some positive things in the second half we can build on moving toward district play next week.”