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Comets tie Amherst/I-S

Three players score goals

By Greg Seubert

Goals from three players helped the Waupaca tie Amherst/Iola-Scandinavia 3-3 April 26 in a nonconference girls’ soccer game at Comet Field.

The Comets also dropped a 3-1 decision April 24 to Fox Valley Lutheran.

Amherst/I-S 3, Waupaca 3
Ava Schwenn and Audrey Tice scored for Waupaca in the first half, while Kalyn Klug found the net in the final minute.

Tice and Madie Gile assisted on the Comets’ goals in the first half.

Amherst trailed 2-1 at halftime and took a 3-2 with a pair of goals in the second half The tie-breaking goal came in the 71st minute.

“The girls rebounded from a 5-2 loss earlier in the season to earn the draw,” coach Mark Polebitski said. “Our four backs played the entire 90 minutes and denied numerous scoring opportunities. Marking backs Jamie Slattery and Ally Spierings handled their forwards time and time again. The sweeper and stopper combination of Abby Williams and Robin Miller played like seniors, although they are a freshman and sophomore, respectively.”

Waupaca outshot Amherst/Iola-Scandinavia 12-9.

“We played a lot of kickball in our last match against Amherst,” Polebitski said. “The team rushed play and could not get anything going. Today, the team took care of the ball and made plays. The team is really progressing everyday. I am excited to see what the end of this season develops into. There is a lot of potential with an excellent work ethic. The coaching staff could not ask for anything more.”

FVL 3, Waupaca 1
Emma Pagel’s goal with two minutes to go in the game turned out to be the Comets’ only goal.

FVL took a 1-0 lead 10 minutes into the game and didn’t score again until a Waupaca defender kicked the ball into the Comets’ goal with eight minutes remaining.

The Foxes took a 3-0 lead two minutes later and outshot the Comets 29-7.

“This was the best-played soccer match in three seasons,” Polebitski said. “Our ball possession was solid throughout the match. The girls showed patience and confidence with the ball.”

Barraza finished with 10 saves.

“Jocybeth did an excellent job in the net to keep us in the game,” Polebitski said. “The goal in the 82nd minute took the wind out of us, but the team did not give up, getting the single goal in the last two minutes of the match.

“We definitely have something to build upon this season and the girls know it,” he said. “They all knew after the game that we have the potential to turn things around this season.”


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