After a quiet first half, Hillcrest's soccer team battled through the scoreless frame and emerged with 3 goals leaving the Danielsen Field with their first win of the 2015 season in a shutout victory.
Midfielders Joey Coronado and Tommy Thompson controlled the ball for the Comets through the first half of the Comets' last game in August. Their play opened a series of well-placed passes that came up empty when shot on goal. However, after five minutes in the second half Senior Jordan Foss put a 20 yard shot into the back of the net from outside the box. The low bullet beelined for the left corner post, leaving Bemidji's goal tender stunned, who was busy most of the day. The Comets outshot the Lumberjacks 12 to 6 on the night.
The 65 minute mark brough Sophomore Eric Konynenbelt his first goal of his varsity career. Following a soft feed from Marcus Hagen, placing the ball gently in front of Konynenbelt, Hagen followed his pass and watched as the ball traveled to the right side of the net off Konynenbelt's rightside attack. The Comets went up 2-0 at the 65 minute mark with the offensive attack.
Jovanny Ramirez put a lightning strike on Bemidji with 3 minutes left in the game to close scoring for both teams. The 45 yard shot sailed to the upper right corner of the goal, out of reach of Bemidji's goal tender.
The ball touched Hillcrest's stopper a handful of times on the day, showing the Comets to have the better defense in winning battles consistently at midfield. "Overall, I am very satisfied with our play," noted Head Coach Rod Jensen. "Bemidji is a big, fast, physical team...this game was a major test for our season opener."