The Lady Comets spread the ball around in their mid-season check-up against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (WHA). When the final whistle blew the Comets met near their bench to pray with their opponents, a staple in girls’ athletics at Hillcrest. The smiles on both team’s faces revealed a complete Comet victory over a WHA team they scored 4 goals on three games prior.

Rakel Amland opened scoring for the Comets three minutes into the contest. A pass from midfielder MacKenzie Foss saw Amland laser a shot into the back of the net to put the Comets up early.

WHA worked to respond quickly to the Comets’ early lead. Their aggressive response saw an errant pass intercepted by midfielder Kindra Peterson. Peterson’s quick feet opened a shot that found the back of the net and the Comets up 2-0 five minutes into the game.

WHA tightened their defense, forcing the Comets to work their way into the box. The strategy was well played until their defense spread into an offensive attack. Peterson found herself the recipient of another errant pass at midfield. She took the pass from midfield to net for a solog shot. The scoreboard read Hillcrest 3, WHA 0 with ten minutes until the half.

Two minutes before the half MacKenzie Foss took a jump ball from midfield, darted around a defender as two missed the ball, and found Amland sprinting up the middle. Amland touched the ball twice before tapping a shot past the WHA goalie. The Comets entered halftime up 4-0.

WHA worked to make adjustments, planning to stop up the middle of the field where the Comets found success early. With WHA locking down the middle Hillcrest turned to the corners. Midfielder Nora Lode scored her first goal of the season with a shot from the right wing inside the goal box. Minutes later Pauline Moltu scored as well, off a centering pass from Julie Skjelde. WHA was able to get on the board after the Comets were up 7-0.

With the game in hand Hillcrest kept the intensity, looking to build on their recent win streak and continue rolling into playoffs. With ten minutes on the clock the Comet intensity broke WHA’s defense with a long pass from Elisabeth Bjorvand. Eline Samset took the ball and put it in the net to bring the Comet goal total to 8.

Seven different Comets scored in their 8-1 victory. A solid mark as a sign the Comets are starting to play as a more cohesive unit, winning three of their last four contests. The Comets look to continue their midseason success as they placy Crookston on Thursday, who they beat 6-0 in the season opener.

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