The Comets and Trojans played an instant classic of a match that ended in a 0-0 draw after 100 minutes of soccer.
East Lansing entered the game with only a single loss on the season while the Comets had yet to be defeated. Early in the game, East Lansing put pressure on the backline of Grand Ledge. However, the defense stayed organized and held strong, just as they have all year.
After 10 minutes of absorbing pressure, the Comets broke out with pace and skill as Jared Simmer (’17) and Aric Phinney (’18) combined down the right side of the field to create a goal scoring chance. Late in the first half a free kick from Erik Seelman (’17) went just wide of the post.
Blaine Teahan (’17) was called into action a few times in goal.
The second half saw end-to-end action as both teams attacked with speed and athleticism. Kyle Salisbury (’17) and Nate Cox (’18) continually ran at the East Lansing defense. Hudson Morgan (’18), Erik Seelman and Nick Myszak (’17) played tough in the midfield and helped to launch the offense. Jared Simmer often found space on the right side of the field where he would try to get into the penalty box by dribbling or with crosses.
Another Erik Seelman free kick barely evaded Aric Phinney’s outstretched leg. Late in the second half Aric Phinney and Kyle Salisbury combined and had their effort just miss the goal.
Overtime saw both teams go for the win and create chances. Just as the first overtime ended, the lights went out in Archer Stadium and a 15 minute delay ensued.
The second overtime saw Brendan Garfield (’17) make a courageous block after chasing the play for 60 yards. With only 23 seconds to go in the game, Blaine Teahan secured the draw with an amazing save that pushed the shot on the crossbar.
The entertaining, end-to-end game finished 0-0.
The Comets remain undefeated at 8-0-3 and are 5-0-1 in CAAC Blue play.
Video highlights: https://youtu.be/g