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Comets crush Park View 10-2

Showing few ill effects from a one-week spring break layoff, the Halifax County High School varsity girls soccer team scored a 10-2 win over Park View High School in South Hill on Monday.

Gabby Nelson scored four goals for the Comets, and Jessica Hudson, Madison Murray, Gabby Medley, Lucy Morrison, Tylisia Crews and Sabrina Amos each added goals in the win that gave the Comets a 4-3 record on the season.

Any concerns of the Comets showing any rust from the layoff were answered in a positive way with a solid game on both offense and defense, according to Halifax Head Coach Sid Young.

“We were worried about the game coming off spring break,” admitted Young.

“We were very pleased with the first half, and we got off to a slow start in the second half,” said Young, adding the slow start after halftime was partly due to coaches rotating players to different positions on the field.

It took time for them to adjust to another position, Young explained.

Bradshaw, with at least four assists for the game, was a force on offense, Young pointed out.

There were several standouts on defense, he added including Morrison on defense and Hannah Glass at stopper, in addition to Ashley Bryant and Mary Popek.

The game was close early, with Hudson scoring off a cross from Chris Bradshaw barely two minutes into the game and Park View tying the score five minutes later off a deflection.

Halifax County outscored Park View 7-0 the remainder of the first half, with Murray scoring off a cross from Bradshaw at the 8:45 mark, Nelson scoring after a run through the Dragons defense at the 15:30 mark, and Medley scoring off another cross from Bradshaw at the 18:00 mark.

Nelson broke through again at the 19:00 mark of the first half, and Morrison scored from 40 yards out on a direct kick barely a minute later.

Nelson scored at the 28:00 minute and Crews added the final first-half goal with five minutes remaining in the first half to make it 8-1.

Park View made it 8-2 three minutes into the second half, but Nelson scored her third goal of the game, and Sabrina Amos, playing in the field for the second half, added another goal halfway through to complete the scoring.

The Comets finished with 24 shots on goal, compared to 13 for Park View, and Halifax had two direct kicks, scoring on one. 

Amos had three saves in goal for the first half, and Amanda Webb turned away five Park View shots in the second half.