In conference action Monday night, the Comets traveled to GCS Stadium in Sauget, IL to face the Bulldogs of Staunton. This is the second year the two teams have faced off on the turf field.
The Comets defeated the Bulldogs, 3-1. The Comets led 1-0 at halftime on a goal by Freshman Kyle Sunderland, who carried the ball through the Staunton midfield and blasted a shot off the post and into the back of the net, just past the diving, out-stretched hands of the keeper. Midway through the second half, the Bulldogs tied the game on a shot from a tight angle by Sophomore Bryce Buzick. He was able to use his pace and quickness to pounce on a loose ball before the Comet defense and put it in after a great effort by Comet goalkeeper Noah Matthews to get a hand to the ball. The Comets immediately responded by scoring less than 2 minutes later. Sophomore Jonathan Hall was the first to get on the end of a long ball over the defense. He put his shot on goal from a tough angle and the Staunton goalkeeper parried the ball straight down, where Junior Noah Owens was waiting to finish with a cheeky back-heel while facing away from goal. This would later be determined to be the game-winning goal. The Comet lead was extended and their victory secured 10 minutes later when Sunderland put a powerful shot on goal that the goalkeeper just couldn’t hang onto, as it slipped through his hands and into the back of the net. Matthews faced 2 shots in the contest, scoring 1 save and the win.
The Junior Varsity faced off against the Oilers of East-Alton Wood River. The visiting Oilers were only able to make the trip with 10 players, so both teams played a man down. A first half goal was scored for the Comets by Sophomore Joshua Brannon. The halftime score was 1-1. An early second half goal by Sophomore Cody Heckman put the Comets back in the driver’s seat and they never looked back. Insurance goals were added by Sophomore Justin Rieke and Brannon. Evan Oakley recorded the win and 3 saves in goal.