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Comets varsity girls soccer team whips William Fleming

What started out as a downer of a Senior Night for the Halifax County High School varsity girls soccer team Friday turned into an upbeat momentum builder for important games next week, with the Comets rallying from a 1-0 halftime deficit to win 5-1 over the Colonels.

Halifax County (9-3-1, 2-2-1 WVD), which had six times as many shots as Fleming, saw several early scoring chances go awry, and Fleming took advantage of a defensive lapse by the Comets to score a goal at the 17:43 mark of the first half.

It was still 1-0 at halftime, but the Comets came out for the second half with renewed intensity and purpose, getting a goal from Gabby Medley at the 4:29 mark of the second half.

Halifax took the lead for good with a goal from Camey Reese from the left side at the 12:14 mark, and Jaynee Campbell capped a run down the right side of the field with a goal 14 minutes later to make it 3-1.

Tumia Marable added a goal at the 31:37 mark off an assist from Medley, and Medley scored her second goal of the game barely seven minutes later off a rebound for the final margin.

Amanda Webb had four saves in goal for the Comets, compared to 24 for two Colonels keepers.

Halifax held a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks, while Fleming held a 6-2 advantage in direct kicks for the contest.

Everything his team didn’t do in terms of execution in the first 40 minutes it did in the final 40 minutes of the game, according to Comets Head Coach Sid Young.

“We just didn’t play in the first half, we didn’t move to the ball, and we didn’t trap and pass,” explained Young, adding Fleming missed two other close-in shots that would have created a three-goal deficit for his team.

“We were lucky we weren’t down 3-0 at halftime,” noted Young, “but the second half we just came out and played.”

“We talked about it at halftime,” he continued.  “Some of the girls were making comments William Fleming was playing hard and physical, and they decided they were going to just have to play through it.”

His team wasn’t about to lose on Senior Night, Young said, and that was another thing discussed at halftime.

“We picked it up,” Young said.  This night was too important to them.”