Comet Soccer Pushes Pedal Down and Speeds to Playoff Win
After a season of high flying headers and 30 yard shots the Comets started the post season 0-0. Rolling to a 16-0 record, allowing a mere 3 shots to reach the back of their net, Comet soccer sought similar success as they sprinted into the playoffs.
With little rain falling on the Comet's field, as the leaves turned from green to red, orange, and yellow, Hillcrest's coaches and administration decided the field was too hard to play on. Fearing injuries for both teams, Hillcrest fielded a call from Kennedy Secondary School in Fergus Falls. Kennedy constructed a multi-million dollar upgrade to their athletics complex, including a new astro-turf field for soccer and football. The Fergus Falls Otters are extending an invitation for Hillcrest to play all home playoff games on their new field. The neighborly gesture opened an opportunity for Hillcrest and Fergus Falls to play the first round of the Comets' playoff run at Otter Stadium.
After the opening kick at midfield, Hillcrest went on the offensive. Quick footwork and smooth passes enabled the Comets to control midfield. Untouched as they marched to the goal, Hillcrest went up the gut with two the three passes in the opening possessions. Four minutes in, Jovanny Ramirez fielded a pass from Eivind Fluge. A few touches around some Otter defenders gave Jovanny an open shot and Hillcrest a 1-0 lead. Minutes later Danny Martinez made a strong statement, scoring back-to-back goals. Fluge later blasted a shot into the Otter net, putting the Comets up 4-0 before the 15 minute mark.
At 14:58 Hillcrest showed their prowess from distance as Peter Taule nailed a shot to the back of the net from the left side. Abdul Ahmed followed Martinez's earlier play, slipping two consecutive goals past the Otter defense to give Hillcrest a 7-0 lead heading into the half.
The second half saw further dominance from Hillcrest's soccer team. The final period would see the Comets put nearly 35 shots on net, with the Otter scoring on their lone strike. Young Ju Yu pressured the Otter defense most of the day, finally getting one of his many strikes to hit pay dirt. Later in the period, Jordan Foss found a seam in the Otter defense and camped out, waiting for a pass from Coronado. The pass enable Jordan to take three strides in setting-up his shot, placing the ball in the back of the net, adding another tally under the Comets' score. The final score of the day came off a header by Hagen, redirecting some expert passes from Foss and Ato Hashi.
With the 11-1 victory Hillcrest looks forward to a rematch against East Grand Forks. The Green Wave is one of four teams to score on the Comets this year, hitting the net on a penalty kick. The game is set for 1pm at Otter Stadium on Saturday, October 17.