The Lady Comets entered Tuesdays game following a rough week on the road. Being shutout in Bemidji and East Grand Forks, the Comets stepped onto the field with a heart to reset their season, looking to fight their way back to .500 in a three game homestand starting Tuesday against Melrose.
The Comets took a step in the right direction on their home field in opening minutes of the game. After 4 minutes of a Comet attack, Hannah Engebretsen found the back of the net for an early Comet lead, lifting the spirits of a team that has been beleagured to get a ball into their opponents net. Engebretsen's simple left-footed tapper led to a series of Comet strikes, propelling HIllcrest to a barrage of shots on goal that dramatically picked up the pace of the game while Melrose worked to match intensity.
Mackenzie Foss was the recipient of the Comet intensity when she scored the second goal of the game at the 18 minute mark. Following two shots on goal that met the Melrose goalie and bounced off, Foss pushed up and slid into the left side of the goal for a sliding kick score. With the raising of hands and high fives, the Comets started a surge that Melrose couldn't match.
The Comets went on to score goals in the 30th and 32nd minute, where Foss and Underwood-Cooperative teammate Kindra Peterson scored goals to give the Comets a 4-1 lead going into the half.
Coming out of the locker room, the Comets seemed to be on repeat. Engebretsen scored withint the first 10 minutes of the half, being matched by Melrose at the 56th minute. Emma Kvalheim got into the act, scoring a simple goal in the 61st minute, before Melrose 8th grader Molly Kraemer scored her second goal of the night to give Melrose a 3rd tally on the score board. The Comet defense tightened up to close out the game, giving HIllcrest a 6-3 win and the first of what they hope is a three-game win streak to propel them into a place of dominance as the Lady Comets look towards playoffs.