Boys soccer advances to district final after 3-0 victory over Hamilton
Freddie Wilhelm | Staff Writer
Mason Men’s Soccer moved on to the district final on Monday with a decisive 3-0 win over Hamilton.
Things were shaky for the Comets at the start of the first half with no real chances. Both teams struggled to bring the ball out of the air and onto the ground on a consistent basis. The first chance came off a header from senior Joseph Grimes which was saved by the Hamilton goalkeeper. Head Coach Paul Reedy said the Comets weren’t playing like themselves in the first half.
“The first 30 minutes we didn’t play the style we needed.” Reedy said. “It was kickball, I wanna say that might have been tournament nerves.”
In the 30th minute, the Comets started to get a groove in the match with Grimes coming close to scoring off a header from close range and dangerous crossing from Sophomore Nick Krueger; however, the Comets were unable to capitalize on these opportunities and the half came to a close, the score tied 0-0. Reedy said the end-of-half flurry was good for the Comets.
“We said in the locker room that we need to pass as much as possible, that’s our game.” Reedy said. “The other thing we said is when we get set pieces we needed to take advantage of them.”
Opening the second half, Mason was eager to open the scoring. Hamilton pressured the Comets early in the first half, requiring multiple saves from senior goalkeeper Danny Mackzum, in order to keep the Comets in the game and the game goalless. Mackzum said he was proud of his effort and hopes to keep it through the tournament.
“I kept the ball out of the net, which is my job,” Mackzum said. “Everyday we try to get better and work as hard as we can.”
The scoring began when the Comets found senior Will Shepard off a corner kick to score from within the 6-yard box in the 58th minute. Soon after, a through ball from Junior Ben Wendell found it’s way to Krueger who finished by scoring to put Mason two goals ahead. Krueger said the goal was decisive for the team.
“It gave us a good mindset, it really amped up our spirits for the last minutes of the game” Krueger said. “(The goal) gives me high hopes and gives me energy to perpetuate into the upcoming games.”
Mason continued to dominate throughout the rest of the second half and created a few chances for more goals. Grimes came close again in the 64th minute of play off a header. The game was sealed in the 79th minute after a right-footed shot from outside the 18-yard box from Senior Max Mitchell found the back of the net putting the Comets up 3-0 with one minute to go.
The victory put the Comets through to the district final which will take place this Thursday, October 27 at Bellbrook High school at 7 pm. The Comets will face either Centerville or Huber Heights Wayne. Reedy said this game will bring a good reaction going into the next game.
“It’s always one game and one day at a time.” Reedy said “There’s certainly a lot of things we can improve. In a tough game we found a way to come out on top in the second half. It’s all about getting the win and moving on.”
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