Eagles steal win from CometsPublished 10:30am Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Chris Pellegrino started Tuesday’s Section 8A semifinals like he has so many games this season — with a goal.
Despite the early effort, it wasn’t enough for the Hillcrest Lutheran Academy/Pelican Rapids boys soccer team. After giving up two goals in its scoreless second half, the Comets lost a trip to the section championship to the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles 2-1.
His legs already speckled with mud that covered field after days of rain, Pellegrino buried a rebound off a shot from Kevin Franco on the right side. Just two minutes into the game, the Comets had the lead and the momentum at 1-0.
With the game slowed down by the cold air and choppy field conditions, that lead would last for 60 minutes. Both teams pressured the others’ goal, but were unable to capitalize. The teams went into the half with the score still at 1-0.
Apollo broke through at the halfway point of the second half with two goals within three minutes of each other. From there, the Comets couldn’t find an equalizer.
The loss is the first for the Comets this season, as it ends the year with a 16-1-1 record.
“I would have loved to see this Team play a few more games, they are a tremendous team, and one of the finest group of young men I have ever coached,” Comet head coach Rod Jensen said following the game.