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Comets soccer splits with Martinsville, Patrick Henry

The Halifax County High School varsity girl’s soccer team has split its last two games to move to 6-2 on the season, edging Martinsville on the road 1-0 on Wednesday after suffering a 9-0 home loss to Patrick Henry the night before. Gabby Medley scored what proved to be the game’s only goal 11 minutes into the first half for Halifax County at Martinsville, with the Comets rebounding with an outstanding effort against the Bulldogs following a disappointing loss the night before.

“I was very pleased with how the girls played against Martinsville, and they gave a solid effort,” said Comets Coach Sid Young.

Halifax County finished with 24 shots on goal compared to 11 for Martinsville, and Comets’ keeper Jasmyne Crawley turned aside nine shots in goal.  The Bulldogs keeper had 11 saves, while Halifax County led in corner kicks 5-2 and direct kicks 5-2.

His team had several other opportunities to score and failed to capitalize, but the Comets’ defense gave an outstanding effort in preserving the shutout, according to Young.

With two starters missing, Young had to move several players to different positions, and they all responded well, including Mikeala Skelton at center midfield.

Camey Reese also played well at that same spot, while the Comets got solid games from Alina Chaney, Jessica McGill, Chris Bradshaw and Medley at the wing positions, Young noted.

“Amanda Webb got a lot of good touches as did Ty Crews and Gabby,” said Young.

“Defenders Logan Holmes and Amanda Reaves did a good job, as did Sarah Catron at stopper and Lucy Morrison at sweeper.

“Jasmyne had some good saves for us in goal, as well.”

The game the night before against Patrick Henry didn’t go as well as Young would have hoped.

The Comets stayed in the game against Patrick Henry until the Patriots scored their first goal, but after that the visitors pulled away.

Patrick Henry led 5-0 at halftime and added four more goals in the second half before the game was called with 20 minutes remaining.

“Patrick Henry was real good, and at times we played well, but we didn’t play one of our better games overall,” said Young.

The Patriots finished with 17 shots on goal compared to three for Halifax County, and Crawley had seven saves, compared to four for the Patriots’ keeper, Young said.

Young saw some positives despite the loss.

“I had two people out with illnesses, including one starter, and that hurt us a little, but some of the people I moved around responded well,” he pointed out.