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Patrick Henry blanks Comets varsity soccer

The Halifax County High School varsity boys soccer team had a tough night of it Monday, dropping an 8-0 decision to Patrick Henry High School in the two teams’ Western Valley District opener. Halifax County High School had over 50 turnovers in the contest and created only one shot on goal. Patrick Henry High School (3-3 overall) had approximately 20 shots on goal.

“Patrick Henry has been the district champions the past few years with good reason... they are a very talented team,” said Comets Head Coach Frank Shealy.

“Fundamentally sound with the ball, PH had very few turnovers, and their possession were perfect.”

Halifax County appeared to be holding its own pretty well in the first half, despite trailing 2-0 at halftime.

Patrick Henry High School dominated the second half, scoring six goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half to run the score to 8-0. The game was stopped under a slaughter rule with 17 minutes and 47 seconds left in the game.

“We let down in the second half,” Shealy pointed out.

“We played a tough first half defensively, but didn’t possess the ball, and made over 50 turnovers in the game. We got caught up in watching the ball as PH players were making runs. I’m not saying our guys were not working hard, but working the right way was the problem. Keeping possession is about moving as a team to help and support the player with the ball and communicating. We were not doing those things.”

The Comets will be looking to get back on the right track when they face Martinsville High School here Thursday night. Game time is 6:30 p.m. at Tuck Dillard Stadium.