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Comets come up short in regional bid

A season-ending loss to your archrival with a Northwest Region Tournament berth at stake was not the way Halifax County High School varsity girls soccer midfielder Camey Reese and her teammates wanted to go out.

But, that’s exactly what happened Tuesday in Danville with a 2-0 loss to GW that denied the Comets (9-8-1) the Western Valley District’s No. 3 seed for the regional tournament.

Reese found words difficult to mask her disappointment and that of her teammates over the outcome.

“I’ve grown up with these girls and have played with them for a really long time,” said Reese.

“It’s going to be difficult.  They’ve become a family to me.”

Khadijah Wilson scored both goals for GW, the first on a rebound barely six minutes into the game and the second on a shot two minutes later that banged into the far post and into the net.

Those were the only shots that got past Comets keeper Sabrina Amos, who 17 saves in goal, many of them spectacular.

GW controlled the tempo of the game in the first half, but Halifax County pressed forward after intermission with a number of scoring opportunities that either sailed wide, high or right at GW keeper Morgan Tucker, who had 16 saves for the contest.

Scoring the first goal put his team at an early disadvantage, according to Comets Head Coach Sid Young.

“It gets you down a little bit,” said Young, “and we outshot them but couldn’t get anything in.”  

It was frustrating to see his team fail to score after scoring six goals against the Eagles in two regular season games, Young added.

“We didn’t make any adjustments at halftime other than tell them to go after it a little harder, and they did,” he explained.

“We came out and played harder in the second half and we had the shots but just couldn’t put it in.

“We had some quality shots, but a little wide and a little over or right to the keeper.”

His team graduates four seniors, including Reese, Tumia Marable, Jordan Lane, and Logan Holmes, but Young is looking at 13 returning players next year, including Amos and Gabby Nelson, both freshman.

“We’ve got a good group
coming back, they’re pretty enthused, and they work hard,” said Young.

“We have the offense but didn’t get it done today.”

Reese, who had several near misses in the second half, agreed it was a frustrating night.

“It’s so frustrating.  We know we can get the ball through, we know we can score, but we could not convert tonight,” she said.

“I don’t know, it wasn’t working for us tonight, but we had a great season, one of the best we’ve had.

“We had a really good group of girls and a lot of camaraderie, but it’s not the way we wanted to go out.

“But, what can you do?”