After an eight day break, the Comets started district play against a common foe. In 2014 and 2015, Caledonia beat Grand Ledge in the first round of districts.
Early in the match, the Comets had a difficult time adjusting to the artificial turf and Caledonia looked to take advantage. However, the Comet’s senior goalkeeper, Blaine Teahan, did as he has all season and made saves from set pieces and the run of play. The first half ended with a 0-0 scoreline.
In the second half, the Comets were able to get a better grasp on the game and started to connect passes. Kyle Salisbury (’17) was a menace throughout the game and his driving runs put a lot of pressure on Caledonia’s backline.
10 minutes into the half, the Caledonia was able to take advantage of a Comet’s miscue and scored to go up 1-0.
The Comets didn’t give up and started to put a lot of pressure on Caledonia. A line up change even included playing 4 forwards. Blaine was called into action a few times as the game really opened up. Because the Comets were playing with so many offensive options, the midfield was wide open and available for Caledonia counter attacks.
With 2 minutes to go in regulation, a Comets corner kick was taken by Cody Keitchen (’18) and headed back to the middle by Kyle Salisbury. Jared Simmer (’17) was in the middle of the box and his first time effort beat the keeper, but was saved off the line by a Caledonia defender.
With under a minute to go, another corner kick by Cody Keitchen was served and bounced around in the box before Brendan Garfield (’17) was able to tie the game with only 16 seconds left.
Both overtime periods were played without many scoring chances created and the game head to penalties to determine who would advance to the second round of district play.
Caledonia missed the goal and had one effort saved giving the Comets the edge. On the fifth shooter, Aric Phinney (’18) converted his effort and the Comets advanced to the 2nd round.
The Comets will travel to East Kentwood to take on Rockford at 5pm on Thursday, October 20. The Comets are now 10-1-5 on the season.
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