Despite the wet and windy conditions, the Hillcrest Comets boys’ soccer team welcomed in East Grand Forks for a showdown Monday. A wild back and forth contest saw the hosting Comets edge the Green Wave 7-6.
Playing with the wind in the first half, Hillcrest head coach Rod Jensen knew that his team had to take advantage of the weather — and they did not disappoint. Ten minutes into the contest, Jowell Seymour buried the ball in the top right corner of the net after bringing down a crossing pass by Severin Breck. The Green Wave would tie the game five minutes later, but five minutes after that Breck would boot a left-footer off a feed from Seymour for a goal.
East Grand Forks would not go away as they tied the game at the 22-minute mark. After a nice save by Comets goalie Zajen McArton, McArton punted the ball into the Green Wave box where Breck was waiting and scored putting Hillcrest back on top 3-2. Breck would add his third goal of the day at the 28-minute mark with an assist to Seymour. Haken Hagerup scored four minutes later on a corner kick from the right side which he curled into the top left corner of the Green Wave net. With two minutes left in the half, the Green Wave scored ending the half with the Comets up 5-3.
In the second half, the Comets looked to put the game away as Kristian Maestad scored after Seymour put a centering pass of a Green Wave defender. But the momentum would shift to the visitor as East Grand Forks scored three consecutive goals in three minutes to tie the game 6-6. At the 70-minute mark, Kristian Maestad put the Comets up for good off an assist from Vetle Myntevik, ending all scoring with Comets up 7-6.
The Comets out shot their opponent by a margin of 16-14.
“The wet windy conditions made it a keepers nightmare with very difficult conditions to stop the ball,” Jensen said. “The Comets showed tremendous heart tonight, battling back continually from three tied scores during the contest. Eight-grader, Gabriel Swedenburg and ninth-grader, Cole Peterson, both stepped up and played like a couple of veteran varsity players on defense for the Comets during the contest.”
The Comets now 2-2, travel to Pelican Rapids on Thursday for a varsity only match up with the Vikings at 6 p.m.