Ness Earns First Win in Net with Comets Outshooting St. Johns 26-7
The Johnnies took advantage of their seven shots inside the box Tuesday, scoring two goals on defensive miscues. For most of the day Hillcrest's defense rushed the ball up the sidelines. The Comets' 26 shots on goal displayed a dominant attack that garnered six goals with a handful of missed shots wowing spectators.
It took ten minutes for Hillcrest to strike. After a Marcus Fluge pass up the middle of the field, Eirik Primavera juked defenders to place a strike in the right corner of the net. Eighteen minutes later Primavera attacked the right goal line, dropping a perfect pass to Iver Honningdal who touched the ball past the Johnnie defender to put the Comets up 2-0. Honnindgal put more force behind his second goal, scored at the 32nd minute. A rocket from the top of the box sailed into the net off a pass from Primavera. The Comets went into halftime with their 3-0 lead, having kept the Johnnies on their heels for the first part of the afternoon.
At the 52nd minute Hillcrest's pressure got the best of them, when a defender pushing the defense up was caught out of position. A Johnnie pass met a Johnnie attacker who put St. John's on the board. Three minutes later, Primavera stole the ball and set out to answer the Johnnie goal. Attacking the left side of the field, Primavera centered a pass to Fluge who started the Comets' scoring in the second half with an easy touch goal.
At the 66th minute Alexander Knutson lofted a corner kick off a Johnnie defender into the vicinity of HeeTae Nam. Nam laced the ball to the top right corner for a dazzling goal that gave the Comets a 5-0 lead. Ten minutes later Nick Foss scored after an afternoon of placing key shots on goal. Foss was assisted by Fluge, capping the Comets' scoring for the day.
With two minutes left in the game the Comet defense found itself out of position again, pushing the ball up the field to keep pressure on the Johnnies. The defensive miscue didn't impact the outcome of the game, but revealed a key area the Comets will correct in practice this week.
The Comet defenders kept Ness' night in the net fairly quiet. Apart from the two major miscues, Joel Ystebo, James Cho, and Kenneth Murage kept the ball forward and extended the Comets' offensive attacks. Ness earned his first victory as a keeper with the 6-2 win.
The Comets look to set a strong tone with the Conference and Section Champions Bemidji on Thursday. The away game will be a test to how strong the Comets are this early in the season.