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Varsity boys soccer captures first win

The third time proved to be the charm for the Halifax County High School varsity boy’s soccer team against Magna Vista, with the Comets edging the Warriors 2-1 Friday night at home for its first win of the season. Keith Crews scored a first-half goal and Collin Kashmer added a goal in the second half on a penalty kick for Halifax County, now 1-4-1 on the season, with two of those losses coming against Magna Vista in previous games.

The Comets finished with eight shots on goal compared to five for Magna Vista, and Comets’ keeper Jason Dennis turned aside four Magna Vista shots, compared to six for the Magna Vista keeper.

Corner kicks were even at two apiece.

Halifax struck first at the 30:30 mark of the first half when Crews made a rush down the right sideline and angled the ball past the Warrior’s keeper when he came out of goal.

Kashmer added what proved to be the game-winner barely five minutes into the second half, when he was awarded a penalty kick after being taken down in the box.

Kashmer’s goal made it 2-0, and the Comets held off a late charge by the Warriors, who scored late in the game but couldn’t get the equalizer.

His team’s first win came at just the right time, with the district opener at Patrick Henry on the horizon this Tuesday, Comets’ Head Coach Frank Shealy noted.

“We had a tie Wednesday night and a win tonight against a team I thought we had opportunities to beat the other two times we played them,” said Shealy.

“Our record does not indicate the level of talent we have on this team, and we very easily could be 5-1,” added Shealy, whose team has come close but not been able to secure a win before Friday.

“At the beginning of the year, I thought this team could possess the ball better than any team I’ve had, and it hasn’t developed yet,” explained Shealy.

“Calling for the ball and getting to the open space, it’s just simple possession stuff, and tonight we created a little more possession.

“We weren’t perfect by any means, but offensively we moved the ball better to the spots we were aiming for.”

Holding onto a lead and finishing the game was something his team needed to experience, according to Shealy, and Friday proved to be not only a momentum builder but a confidence builder as well.

“We’ve been playing the first few games back and forth, so we’ve had close games,” Shealy pointed out.

“We definitely needed this win going into district play.  The boys really played hard, they deserved a win, and I’m sure it feels good for them.

“They’re showing progress and we need that going forward.”