Soccer scores first win

Jacob Lane · Wednesday, April 12, 2017
The Comets varsity soccer team picked up its first win of the season Thursday, April 7, against the Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks.

The team showed a lot of promise at home in Memorial Field, with the offense breaking through tough defenders in the second half for a Comet win 3-0.

Aaron Lara, Jesus Maldonado and Gabriel Seele each had a goal with help from fellow athletes Andres Garcia, Sebastian Mata, Martin Menjivar-Benegas and Ruben Renteria.

In fact, the Comets spent the majority of the match on offense deep into Golden Hawk territory, but Mid-Prairie defenders were tough to start out the match.

The first real scoring opportunity went to West Liberty’s Sebastion Mata 10 minutes into the first half, but he was tangled up by Mid-Prairie defenders.

In fact, a good portion of the first half of the game was a simple back-and-forth between teams as the Comets tried to push towards the goal.

Young Gabriel Seele, freshman, showed off his defensive and offensive prowess, sending the ball away from the Comet goal several times.

It didn’t help though that a tough cold wind blew in from the north, acting like an additional defender against the Comets in the first half of the game.

At the 30 minute mark Comet Jesus Maldonado made a quick pass to Martin Menjivar-Banegas who powered a shot at the goal. Unfortunately, he put a little too much into the kick and sent it over the goal post.

The first half would end with nothing to either team’s credit as the sun slowly set, causing the stadium lights to kick on and erase the long shadows over Memorial Field.

But the Comets pushed on, early in the second Gabriele Seele and Martin Menjivar-Banegas forced Mid-Prairie’s goalie to make several blocks.

Finally, Sebastian Mata made a nice pass forward to Aaron Lara, who faked out the goalie and a nearby defender to put Wet Liberty on the board.

Minutes later, Jesus Maldonado would follow it up with a long goal that slipped through the goalies fingers.

All the sudden it was West Liberty 2 and Mid-Prairie 0. At that point the Golden Hawks began to lose their steam.

Unfortunately, 25 minutes later West Liberty’s Yohanan Negrete went down, having to be escorted off of the field. He was out the rest of the game.

With ten minutes to go, Gabriele Seele was fired up with several more attempts at a goal. Eventually, he turned one into a goal and gave West Liberty a three point lead.

With that the Comets kept tough and out played the the Golden Hawks, eventually getting the win in a true team effort.

This puts the Comets at one win and one loss on the young 2017 season, after dropping the opener against Muscatine earlier in the week.
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