The Comets Varsity soccer team played 3 games this weekend at the St. Anthony Tournament. The tournament is a yearly fixture in the Comets schedule and is always the last weekend in August, providing the invited teams with valuable early season experience.
This year, the Comets started the tournament with a Friday afternoon match against the host team, St. Anthony Bulldogs. The Bulldogs defeated the Comets, 2-0, in a physical, fast-paced match. Noah Matthews had 2 saves in goal for the Comets, as they were outshot 11-6.
On Saturday morning, the Comets notched their first win, over tournament newcomers, Harrisburg Bulldogs, 4-1. An early goal from Greenville sophomore Jonathan Hall gave the Comets a short-lived lead, as Harrisburg responded almost immediately with a goal of their own. He sliced and diced his way through the defense and struck a fine shot into the far post side-netting. Just before halftime, the Comets added a second goal after senior Nicholas Watterson was the first to react to a rebound from a free kick by junior, Noah Owens. Shortly after halftime senior Mahari Holt was fouled inside the penalty area and earned a penalty kick for the Comets. Junior Noah Owens stepped up to bury the spot kick after sending the goalkeeper the wrong direction. The scoring was finished when senior Nicholas Watterson again was the first to react after a rebound from a Jonathan Hall shot. Noah Matthews had 4 saves in goal as the Comets out shot their opponents 10-5.
Saturday afternoon, the Comets faced area powerhouse, the Alton-Marquette Catholic High Explorers. The Explorers defeated the Comets 3-0, despite being reduced to 10 players on the field after receiving a red card mid way through the second half. The game was extremely physical and resulted in several yellow cards and a handful of injuries. Noah Matthews had 7 saves in goal as the Comets were outshot 10-2.
The Varsity Comets will be back in action on Thursday evening at Tom Doll Field in Greenville vs. the Southwestern Piasa Birds. The Junior Varsity Comets play at Tom Doll Field Monday evening at 7 pm vs. the Triad Knights Freshman team.