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Varsity girls blast William Fleming

Just a win at William Fleming High School in its Western Valley District opener on Friday would have satisfied the Halifax County High School varsity girls soccer team.

The Comets (4-1, 1-0 WVD) met that benchmark and then some, scoring six goals in the first half and three in the second to beat the Colonels 9-0.

Gabby Nelson notched five goals for the Comets, with the first two scores coming at 9:56 and 14:00 of the first half, and Amanda Webb scored at the 20-minute mark to make it 3-0.

Tylisia Crews scored off a corner at the 23-minute mark, Nelson added a goal barely a minute later, and Gabby Medley scored the final goal of the half two minutes later for the 6-0 halftime lead.

Nelson scored two minutes into the second half and Crews added her second goal nine minutes later before Nelson ended the game with a goal at the 14-minute mark.

Halifax peppered the Fleming keeper with 34 shots for the game, and the Colonels got off four shots on the Comets goal, while the Comets had three direct kicks and the Colonels none.

Sabrina Amos and Webb split time in goal for the Comets and combined to shut out the Colonels, turning away a total of three shots.

The game was a back-and-forth affair the first nine minutes before the Comets seized control, according to Coach Sid Young.

“I can’t ask for anything better, and it was a good way to open the district schedule,” said Young, who noted a solid defensive effort on the part of the Comets in addition to the offensive explosion.

“William Fleming has a lot of speed, but Camey Reese and Lucy Morrison did a good job getting back and stopping Fleming whenever they broke through.

“Lucy in particular made some nice stops.”

Offensively, Young was most impressed with the Comets’ passing and ball handling.

“We had some good passes, and Gabby Medley did a good job dribbling through their defense.”

Halifax had the momentum after scoring the first two goals of the game and kept it the remainder of the contest despite playing with only three subs, according to Young.

“The girls were focused when they took the field, and they got the job done,” Young pointed out.

“We play William Fleming again right after the break, and it’s going to be interesting what we do then.”