In a thrilling showdown Saturday, the Hillcrest boys’ soccer team upended the visiting Detroit Lakes Lakers 5-3 in overtime.
The Lakers jumped out to an early lead as a left side attack saw the visitor beat Comets keeper Zajen McArton. The Comets would tie the game seven minutes later as Kristian Maestad on an assist from Hakon Hagerup. The teams would go into the break knotted up at 1-1.
In the second half, Detroit Lakes would boot in goals at the 51- and 53-minute marks to build a comfortable lead. Hillcrest would storm back as Vetle Myntevik scored on a penalty kick after being taken down in the box to cut the lead to one. A blow to the team came at the 65-minute mark as Hagerup received a red card requiring the Comets to play short a player the remainder of the game. But Hillcrest tied the game at the 71-minute mark as striker Severing Break booted in a pass from Kristian Bormo to tie the game before the end of regulation.
In overtime, Maestad would score two goals for the Comets in the five-minute period. The first came after he floated a 55-yard kick over the Lakers goalie’s head and the next on a 45-yard blast with an assist to Breck.
“It was an exciting game for the fans to watch with a come from behind win in OT for sure,” Comets head coach Rod Jensen said. “The Comets saw excellent defense and support to the offense from stopper Kristian Bormo. We were slow on the field, and our touches were off, with several players sick during the game but we showed heart as a team and did not give up.”
The Comets outshot the Lakers 17-16 during the contest.
The Comets move to 3-2 on the season and will travel to take on Pelican Rapids at 4 p.m. Tuesday.