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Soccer needs win for regional berth

The Halifax County High School varsity girls soccer team has one more chance to advance to the Northwest Region Tournament.

It suffered a setback towards that goal Thursday night with a 9-0 loss at Franklin County High School in the first round of the Western Valley District Tournament.

Halifax County travels to Danville Tuesday to face GW, with the winner claiming the third and final regional seed from the Western Valley District.

The Comets, who lost 7-0 and 8-2 to the Eagles during the regular season, trailed 2-0 late in the first half before Franklin County scored three goals in the final three minutes.

Franklin County added four goals in the second half for the final margin.

“We stayed with them until the last three or four minutes of the half,” commented Comets Head Coach Sid Young.

“We were trying a different lineup, and it had worked pretty well up until that point.”

Young added he was pleased the Comets were within two goals that late in the first half, and he noted solid performances in goal by keepers Sabrina Amos and Amanda Webb.

Franklin County finished with 40 shots on goal compared to three for Halifax County, and the Comets totaled five direct kicks and six indirect kicks.

Young thought his team would do a little more offensively Thursday night.

“I felt we could do something offensively, but we didn’t get it done,” he said.

“It seemed we were back on our heels for most of the game.

“We played fairly well but didn’t move to the ball the way we should at times and didn’t pass the ball well.”

Those are things he and his assistant coaches plan to address before the Comets travel to GW on Tuesday, with the winner earning the district’s third and final regional berth.

“We’ll work on coming to the ball and improving our trapping and passing,” he explained.

“There’s no reason why we can’t compete with GW, and I think the girls will be ready.”