The excitement and hope for the HLA boys soccer team was like no other this year, especially since the boys broke the school record for goals scored in a season. Not only did the Comets hold an undefeated season, but their defense made it close to impossible for any opponents to score on them. As the victorious season came to a close, the Comets stood with a record of 14-0-1. This incredible record is made even more impressive by taking into account the season score tally. Opponents could only rally 3 goals against the Comets but gave up a record-shattering 135.
Chris Pellegrino, one of the senior captains, commented, “We have had a good season so far, but none of that matters once playoffs start. We are looking to play to our full potential.”
Playoffs started on Thursday, October 10th. The first round for the Comet boys was against Walker with the home field advantage. After a sweeping win, the Comets advanced to the next round and defeated Alexandria 4-1. In the third round of playoffs, the Comets met St. Cloud Apollo on the home field, and after a hard fight in the rain and mud, the season came to a heartbreaking end with a fall of 2-1. There is no question that the boys left it all on the field this season, and all of the fans are extremely proud of them!
The Hillcrest soccer program is a co-op between Pelican Rapids and HLA. Several different languages and nationalities are represented on the team. The boys worked hard under the coaching of Rod Jensen at building unity and an ability to work together as one team. Judging by their impressive record, all this hard-work paid off.