A weekend of heartbreak for the Varsity Comet’s Soccer team was followed by a night of pure elation Monday. For the JV, the positive results continue to roll in.
Saturday, the Varsity Comets lost to conference foe, the Hillsboro Hilltoppers, 1-0. The Hilltoppers were able to get on the scoresheet late in the match. The Comets tried everything they could, but just could not break through. They looked the better team the majority of the match, but soccer is an unforgiving, sometimes tortuous sport. The Comets put 6 shots on goal to the Hilltoppers 3 and Noah Matthews made 2 saves in the defeat.
Also Saturday, the Junior Varsity Soccer Comets placed second in the Cavie Classic. This was the first year of the Cavie Classic, and was a JV only, jamboree style tournament. Many teams in the South Central Conference are not playing with a JV team this year and in order to get some more competition, the Athletic Directors of Carlinville, Greenville, East-Alton Wood-River, Roxana and Jerseyville came together and organized the tournament. The format was that each team played all four of the others in a 30 minute game. It was an intense day, where the Comets went 2-1-1. They were the victors in matches against East-Alton Wood-River and Roxana, were defeated by Jerseyville and tied the Cavaliers of Carlinville. In the 3-0 victory over EAWR, goals were recorded by Justin Rieke, Cody Heckman and Lawton File. The shutout in goal was earned by Evan Oakley. The 1-0 win against Roxana was determined by a goal scored by Raj Patel and the shutout was again earned by Oakley. The Comets were shutout 2-0 by Jerseyville and tied Carlinville 1-1, with Josh Brannon scoring the goal to tie the game early in the second half.
A spectator of Monday night’s game will tell you that the Varsity match was one of the most exciting high school soccer matches you could hope to see. From the very beginning, the Comets looked poised to run away with the game. An onslaught of possession and quick counters saw the Comets rewarded with a penalty kick after Jonathan Hall played a ball into the run of Mahari Holt, who was hauled down by the Carlinville goal keeper. Noah Owens stepped up to convert the spot kick into the left side of the goal. Almost immediately, the Cavaliers responded and the tone of the game completely changed. Two goals scored by the Cavaliers gave them the lead and the advantage at half-time. The action throughout the second half was incredibly intense, with the Comets pressuring for a goal the entire time. It wasn’t until there were only 5 minutes left that Senior Captain Andrew Riddle was able to tie the game with a superb and composed half volley over the goalie, off the cross-bar and in, that the Comets saw the game head to overtime with all the momentum on their side. Just 6 minutes into the first of two 10-minute Overtime periods, Jordan Schauwecker gave the Comets the lead after a convincing finish. The assist on the goal was earned by Riddle, who stepped up from defense to win the ball and play it through, into the run of Schauwecker. At this point the Comets continued to play lock-down defense: a few formation changes enabled the Comets to maintain possession of the ball and create an impenetrable wall of Blue. The clock struck 0.00 and the Comets were declared the victors.
After the inspiring victory by the Varsity team, the JV Comets took the ball and ran with it…literally. A goal by Joshua Brannon on a counter-attack put the Comets ahead and they never looked back. An insurance goal was added by Lawton File as he raced down the left side almost 60 yards to beat his defender to a long ball. He was able to get enough space to take his shot, which left the keeper diving with no hope. Evan Oakley earned his fourth shutout of the season in goal.
With just a few weeks left in the regular season, the Comets are looking to keep building momentum. Tuesday they play at Breese – Mater Dei and Thursday they play at Teutopolis.